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Databases for Finding Journal Articles

BITRA: Bibliography of Interpreting and Translation
The most focused database for this topic.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
The main linguistics database. Beware: Many articles in foreign languages have their titles translated into English. The original title is visible on the full record. You can limit to the languages you know on the Advanced Search page.

Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC)
Covers communication in the broadest sense, so includes the topic of interpreting. Includes the full text of selected journals.

This general medical database indexes a lot of articles about interpreting in a health care setting.

Web of Science
Scopus (not related to skopos)
Once you find one useful journal article, these two databases can help you find related articles. The "Times Cited" link reveals the articles that cited your first article after it was written.

Other Databases

ZSR Library Catalog
Best source for books.

MLA International Bibliography
Covers journal articles in the fields of literature, linguistics and folklore.  Also includes references to individual book chapters, which is an important way of publishing in this field. If you type the name of a language in MLA, you'll get results about the language and its literature/folklore, whereas LLBA is more focused on the language itself.

China National Knowledge Infrastructure
Covers Chinese-language journal articles covering literature and other humanities fields. Some of the journals are relevant to translation and interpreting.

A database of books from libraries around the world. If you've found an item not at WFU, then you can see what other libraries have an item and place your Interlibrary Loan request.

Academic Search Premier
Journal articles on many subjects.  Good source for most topics.  In this database, I recommend limiting to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" to avoid popular magazines.


Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
Good for foundational articles.

Core Journals

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