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English for Academic Purposes EAPP Resource Guide: Translation

Resources for the study of English as a second language.

How to Limit to HTML articles

You can limit to articles that have HTML articles by using FM T in one of the search boxes.  This will include articles that have HTML and PDF together or just HTML.  Then you can use the HTML article option to listen, download to MP3, and choose a language to translate the article. The article can be read in different languages, but the listen feature is in English. The settings can adjust the speed, highlight the text, choose the color of the text, enhance the text visibility, and scroll automatically. 

Translating an Article in HTML articles

Translating an Article

EBSCOhost screens are presented in English, by default. If provided by your library administrator, you may be able to translate a full text article from English into one of the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Portuguese
  • Bulgarian
  • Hindi
  • Romanian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • Serbian
  • Czech
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Danish
  • Japanese
  • Swedish
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Thai
  • French
  • Norwegian
  • Turkish
  • German
  • Pashto
  • Ukrainian
  • Greek
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Urdu
  • Hausa
  • Polish

To translate the full text of an article:

  1. From the article detail, select a language from the Choose Language drop-down list.

  2. Click Translate. The full text of the article is presented in the language you selected.  

    Translating the Full Text

  3. To return to English, click Return.

 Note: If you print, e-mail or save the full text, it will be delivered in the language of the database. However, you can print the translated text using your browser's Print function.

How Automatic Translation Software Works

Automatic translation software systems use sophisticated translation technology with comprehensive dictionaries and a collection of linguistic rules that translate one

language into another without relying on human translators.

An automatic translation software system interprets the structure of sentences in the source language (the language the user is translating from) and generates a translation based on the rules of the target language (the language the user is translating to). The process involves breaking down complex and varying sentence structures; identifying parts of speech; resolving ambiguities; and synthesizing the information into the components and structure of the new language.

Machine translation is considered a “gisting” application, producing translations that enhance the end-user’s understanding of the original document. It does not produce the same level of translation that a human translator could provide.

Proquest Databases


You can choose to translate either a document’s abstract, or its full text. Click the Translate link, and select a language. With a translation performed, the link toggles to Undo Translation.

Important to know: When you click Translate, a disclaimer advises that this is an "on-the-fly" machine translation, and “is in no way intended to replace human translation.”

Click the Translate link to obtain a machine translation of a document in your selected language.

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis has Google Translate. exisNexis Academic released new Google Translate functionality that will translate your entire results list or single documents into over 70 different languages.

  • Use Google Translate to translate foreign language news.
  • International students can translate all news content to a more preferred language.
  • Students studying foreign languages can use Google Translate to practice their reading and speaking skills.

To translate an article:

  1. Enter search terms in the academic search box.
  2. Select the language desired from the drop down menu.
  3. Any new searches will keep the same language.
  4. View the articles.
  5. You can also use Google Translate to type text, website address, or translate a document. 
  6. You can listen to the words that are translated.

Foreign Language News Search: There are several foreign language newspapers in LexisNexis. 

  1. Click on Search by Subject or Topic.
  2. Click on Foreign Language News.
  3. Click on Advanced Options.
  4. Choose a language.
  5. Then search for the term.
  6. Browse through the results list.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Articles have the listen, download, and translate option from ReadSpeaker.