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International Students: Finding & Translating Foreign Language Materials

This is a guide to library resources for international students at Hofstra University.

How to Translate a .pdf Document

Most articles are in the research databases are in .pdf format, identified by this icon: .  See the document below for instructions on translating .pdf documents.

Major Newspaper Databases

Google Translate

 You can translate any of the text you find in the databases to the language you prefer using Google Translate.

Go to

Select English as the language to translate from.

Select the language you prefer as the language to translate to.

Click the Translate button.


International Newspapers and Magazines

You may read a print copy of World Journal East (Shih Cheh Jih Pao) on the Ground floor of the Axinn Library.  Ask at the Periodicals Desk if you require assistance locating this newspaper.


Finding Non-English Language Materials

Research Databases: The following databases offer language restrictions:

  • All EBSCOhost databases (identified by the blue, circular EBSCOhost logo) offer the ability to change the language of the search screen.  Click on the Languages link at the top of the screen and choose the language you prefer.

  • All EBSCOhost databases also offer a language option on the Advanced Search screen which allows you to search for materials in a language other than English.  Be sure to scroll down on the search screen to locate the Language menu.  This option will search materials available exclusively in the language you prefer and display English-language materials that have been translated to your preferred language.

  • In EBSCOhost databaes, articles in HTML format can be translated from the item screen.  When you see an article with this icon: , click on this link.  You will see options for translating the article above the title of the article.

Most articles are in .pdf format, shown with the icon: .  For instructions on translating .pdf documents, please see the box on the left side of this page.





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