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Translation Studies

This guide provides a general introduction to Library and information resources available in Edinburgh for Translation Studies.

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About this guide

This guide serves as a starting point to find Library and information resources for Translation Studies in Edinburgh.

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Related subject guides

Translation Studies crosses over with some other subject areas. Subject Guides for other disciplines may offer useful information, depending on the area of your research interest.


Translation Studies is a relatively new but growing discipline in Edinburgh, with an equally growing collection of books, journals and reference works which are focused on all aspects of transtation studies and the practice of translation.

The inter-disciplinary nature of the subject means that the teaching, learning and research in translation studies also benefit from the Library's traditionally rich collections in linguistics and world literature in a multitude of languages.
Most collections of printed books and journals are housed in the Main Library, George Square.

The physical collections of books and journals are supplemented by a large number of online databases which provide access to: 

  • e-books
  • e-journals
  • dissertations
  • archives
  • bibliographies
  • citation indexes
  • conference proceedings
  • newspapers
  • film streaming
  • and other resources

Search Library Resources

Use DiscoverEd to search the Library's collections and find books, ebooks, ejournal articles and more. Use your University Login to sign into your account and manage loans, requests and fines.

How to find items in your reading list

Use DiscoverEd to search for items in your reading list as shown above. 

You can also use Resource Lists to find your course reading lists. Lookup reading lists by list title, course title, course code, course instructors. Use the 'Subject' dropdown selection list to browse all the Resource Lists in your subject area.

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Accessing material beyond the Library collections

If the library does not have what you want then there are several ways of getting access to the material:

The National Library of Scotland

Conveniently located within ten minutes' walk of the University's Main Library, the National Library of Scotland (NLS) holds huge collections of primary and secondary source matierials relating to English literature.

The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Service

This allows you to request material either held at distant university library sites including the  University Collections Facility, or material not held by the university. 

Book Recommendations

If you are unable to find the book that you need for your studies then use the Student Request a Book (RaB) service to recommend a purchase.

Visit another library

It may be possible (and sometimes quicker) to visit another library in the UK to get access to the item you require. Some reciprocal schemes and agreements allow our staff and students access to some other libraries.

Academic Support Librarian

Highlights of Translations Studies books

Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English

Classe, O. Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English. Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000. Main Library (STANDARD LOAN) - 3rd floor   PN241 Enc.  

Literary Translation

Wright, Chantal. Literary Translation. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Main Library (STANDARD LOAN) - 2nd floor   P306.5 Wri.

The Routledge handbook of translation studies

Millán, Carmen., and Francesca. Bartrina. The Routledge Handbook of Translation Studies. Routledge, 2013. Main Library (HUB SHORT LOAN) - Ground floor   P306.5 Rou.