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Subject guides: Translation Studies


This guide provides information about:

Printed collections Books, periodicals and films.

Electronic collections Databases, electronic journals, exam papers and websites.

Other libraries Other useful libraries


Explore is the Library's search facility for accessing print and electronic materials. It incorporates the catalogue of books and journal titles with access to selected journal contents, achive materials, exam papers and the research publications repository.

Access WISE for a series of web-based information skills courses.

Printed collections

The TRANSLATION Collection is on the first floor of the Main Library in the Wilkins building. The collection is located along the North Corridor and covers all aspects of Translation Studies.


The books in the TRANSLATION Collection are classified according to the Library of Congress Classification Scheme.

A typical classmark for a book on the open shelves will begin with the name of a subject (indicating a section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its position on the shelves in that section, for example

TRANSLATION P308.C667 for a book about computers and translation.

A classmark beginning with the word STORE refers to a work housed away from the UCL Main Library. You will need to request these items via Explore, or fill in the online store request form. Most Store items are borrowable and can usually be collected from the Science Library Assistance Desk from 3pm the following day.

The majority of books in this collection are one week loan. Other books are standard loan (eight weeks), however if a book is requested by another reader this reduces to one week loan.


The Translation periodicals are mainly in electronic format. Explore can be used to access the electronic version of a periodical or find out the location of printed volumes. Older titles and those which are available electronically are usually kept in Store.

Other Collections

There are many other collections you might find useful, for example

The ENGLISH collection is located on the first floor of the Main Library, North end, it covers English and American language and literature across all time periods and genres.

The LITERATURE collection can be found along the North Corridor, this contains literary topics not specific to a national literature, such as literary theory and comparative literature. It also includes literary works translated into English from other languages, such as Japanese and Russian.

The FRENCH, SPANISH and ITALIAN Language and Literature collections are located in rooms off the North Corridor.

The GERMAN and SCANDINAVIAN Language and Literature collections are located on the second floor of the Main Library, North end.

The DUTCH and CELTIC Language and Literature collections are located on the second floor of the Main Library, South end.

HISTORY includes extensive coverage of European, Latin American and United States social, political and economic history and a special collection on London History. Located in the Main Library, 2nd floor.

HUMANITIES PERIODICALS is a collection of multidisciplinary humanities periodicals, including the Times Literary Supplement. Located in the Main Library, 2nd floor.

Slavonic & East European Studies library (SSEES) holds the leading teaching and research collections in the UK for the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Located at 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW.

Language & Speech Science library (LASS) holds Linguistics and Phonetics materials. Located at Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street London WC1N 1PF.

Audio Visual Collections

Plays, feature films and documentaries are available on DVD, they are shelved in the Main Library Issue Desk area. These are available to borrow for either short (up to two days) or one week loan. Some DVDs are for reference only and must be used in the viewing room which is adjacent to the Main Library Reference Room.

Special Collections

Old, valuable, and rare material is held in UCL Special Collections, and is available for reference only, by appointment.


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Electronic collections

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL. When off-campus, you will be asked for your user ID and password in order to gain access.

Explore enables you to search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously and obtain instant access to the online full-text material we subscribe to. However, databases should be used for conducting comprehensive research.


For the full list of electronic databases currently available please consult the Databases web pages. The following might be of particular interest:

Electronic journals

A large number of journals are available electronically to registered members of UCL, Explore can be used to search for and access these. Alternatively, view an alphabetical list of electronic journals available.

Exam papers

Copies of past exam papers are available online and can also be searched for via Explore. Printed copies can be found in the Main Library.

Other Web resources

Freely available web-based material you might find of interest:

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Other libraries

  • Senate House Library (University of London, Malet Street) has a large collection of English, American, Romance and Germanic Languages and Literatures, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) collections about Africa, Asia and Middle East.
  • The British Library

For more information about the use of other libraries, see the full information at www.ucl.ac.uk/library/otherlib.shtml.

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Contact details

If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for Translation Studies:

Sarah Burn
E-mail: s.burn@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: internal: 32964; external: 020 7679 2964

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