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A Library Guide for International Students
Posted: Jul 1, 2011
Multilingual Glossary of Library Terminology : designed for international students and scholars who come to use libraries in American universities and colleges for the first time. It contains the most commonly used terms in academic libraries. The Glossary is divided into two parts: the Language Table, which presents a list of the words in six languages, and the Definitions, which give explanations in English for each of the terms.
Glossary of Library and Internet Terms : Library research terms explained, with definitions for terms such as periodical, serial, holdings, index, citation, call number, and Boolean operator.
Several of the Libraries' research databases provide access and assistance in languages other than English. These include:
EBSCOhost Research Databases - provides access to research databases covering many subject areas. Using the Preferences option, several different languages can be selected for use.
For many of the EBSCOhost databases, you may choose to have an article automatically translated into Spanish, French, German or Portuguese. This feature is available if the article is listed as HTML Full Text. At the top of the web page that displays the English HTML fulltext article, you can choose another language from the drop down box."Choose Language," and then click Translate. Databases with this feature include:
Informe! (Revistas en Espagnol) : "Created exclusively for Spanish-speaking users, this full-text electronic reference tool is the first system to provide indexing, images and full text of popular Hispanic magazines -- not just translations. Terms and thesaurus are based on the expressions Spanish-speakers commonly use, allowing users to easily navigate through the database without experiencing inaccurate search terms. Informe! also features title annotations in both English and Spanish to help non-Spanish speaking staff to easily assist users. Provided free to the public by the New York State Library through NOVEL, the statewide virtual library.
MathSciNet : A choice of languages for all search pages and the MathSciNet home page is now offered for the convenience of users. This choice is offered in a pull down menu on each of the search pages and the home page. Languages offered are English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. This choice will change the appearance of the search screens, the home page, and the various error messages and "not found" messages.
ClasePeriodica : produced by Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mexico (UNAM), ClasePeriodica combines CLASE and PERIDICA. CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American and Caribbean journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities and PERIDICA covers journals specializing in science and technology.
WorldCat : Search interface and assistance available in Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese and Chinese (Simplified), by clicking on the appropriate link at the bottom of the WorldCat web page.
American Heritage Book of English Usage. 2000. With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.
The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993.This most extensive handbook of the language ever published features over 6,500 descriptive and prescriptive entries with 4,300 hyperlinked cross-references.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd ed. 2002.The 6,900 entries in this major new reference work form the touchstone of what it means to be not only just a literate American but an active citizen in our multicultural democracy.
American idiom and some phrases just for fun : An ESL Meaning and Usage Workbook--contains Both Practice Exercises and Tests, by Edward Swick. Hauppauge, N.Y. Barron's, 1999.
Writing American Style : An ESL/EFL Handbook, by Sydney L Langosch. Hauppauge, N.Y. Barron's, 1999.
To contact a member of the Libraries' reference staff for assistance in using the library collections for your research, go to Reference, Research and Consulting Services.