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Advanced Translation Workshop

About This Guide

In this guide, you'll find resources to support research in the Advanced Translation Workshop, including:

  • Resources to research background and contextual information on your topic and the approaches you might be bringing to your research (see links below)
  • Places to find books in print and online
  • Databases for locating articles, including scholarly and peer-reviewed articles
  • Approaches to finding primary sources
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing in Comparative Literature
  • Guidelines for getting required course texts for free via the Library

Please feel free to book an appointment with me on my calendar page, for further support with your research.

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A Note on Transliteration

When getting started on searches in catalogs, databases, and other research tools with English and/or Roman script interfaces, it may be necessary to represent search words and phrases in a Romanized script (or to anticipate results in such script). The American Library Association - Library of Congress Romanization Tables are a helpful guide to standardized Library of Congress practices for Romanizing words in a number of different languages.

Reference Sources

In addition to the sources suggested below, you may search for reference sources available through the Columbia libraries, using CLIO. For reference works like dictionaries, thesauri, and bibliographies, try a Catalog Search with keywords (i.e. dictionary AND Urdu) and limit to the desired format. You can also use the Subject (Genre) box on the left side of the results page to narrow down results to a specific genre of source.

If you are interested in looking up a term, name, concept, or other keyword or phrase, try a CLIO Articles Search with the term(s) you have in mind, and once the results page appears, find the Content Type box on the left side of the screen and limit to "Reference."