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International Students Library Handbook

Welcome to the Library–here are useful tips, information, answers to help you get started with your research!

Get Online Help

Reminder: Online Access

  • Library resources require going through CWRU Single Sign-On.
  • The best method is to follow links from the library website.
  • When logged in and a browser window is not closed, access should continue from resource to resource.
  • Remember to close your browser when done.

Quick Translation Tools

An automated translation is meant to enhance your understanding of the original document,  though the quality generally can not match that of a professional translator.

Microsoft Word: On the Review tab, in the Language group, click Translate > Translate Selected Text to open the Research pane.

In the Research pane, in the All Reference Books list, click Translation.

Google Translate:

FreeTranslation attempts to translate entire phrases, rather than doing word-for-word translation. It's very fast as well.

Babelfish is a free, computerized translation tool.

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) PatentScope Translate is a tool trained specifically to translate patent texts. You can enter your own text and choose a language pair (such as English->French) and a technical domain (such as" chemical & materials technology").

Translation Within Library Resources


Databases published by EBSCO have a translation function when the article is in HTML format.

When you're searching in Academic Search Complete or Business Source Complete (or any of the other 36+ EBSCO databases):

  • Look for HTML in the document results.
  • Click on the HTML version
  • Near the top of the new page that displays, choose a language and click "Translate."

The translation is done by software, and may not be 100% accurate, but it is a helpful feature.

Add Languages on Your Computer

In Control Panel, click "Clock, Language, and Region," and then click "Add a language." Under "Add a language," choose a language from the list and click "Add."

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