Locating library materials in other languages can be complicated. While many online resources seem to allow searching in different languages, there are some drawbacks when trying to find non-English materials.
With the notable exception of JSTOR, most databases are searchable only in English. To locate items in other languages, try
• Typing your search terms in the language of interest and see if you find citations.
• Limiting your results to a particular language in a search field:
or as a limit option:
• Searching in English and limit to country of publication:
If the article citation does not include links to the full text, click on the Find it @ PSU button to check availability. Find it @ PSU is the link to the full text (online or print), that leads to the full text will appear under View Online. If it is not available, there will be an option to request the article from Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.
You can use an article citation to get the full text.
Ex.: Baron, R. M., & Kenny, D. A. (1986). The moderator–mediator variable distinction in social psychological research: Conceptual, strategic, and statistical considerations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51(6), 1173-1182
Search the PSU Library using the article title as your search:
Enter the article title in Google Scholar, then click on Find it @ PSU:
Both methods provide links to the full text article, using the link under online access:
|Scholarly, Peer-reviewed, Professional Journals||Popular Magazines|
|Examples||Harvard Business Review; American Journal of Sociology; Modern Language Notes||
Newsweek; Sports Illustrated; People; National Geographic; Wired
|What is “the look”?||Somber, serious with graphs and tables. Few, if any, pictures.||Attractive, slick with lots of pictures and advertisements.|
|Who is the audience?||Other professionals in the field or discipline. Language is scholarly and subject specific.||General audience. Language relative to the topic. Articles can be short and lacking depth.|
|What is the purpose?||To report original research or experimentation or persuade based on research.||
To entertain, to sell, or to promote a viewpoint.
|Who wrote the article?||A scholar or researcher often with an institutional or academic affiliation.||
Freelance writers, magazine staff or a well-known person not necessarily an expert in the field.
|How carefully is it documented?||Always has references, footnotes and/or a bibliography. Follows a style like APA or MLA.||Rarely cites sources or makes broad references to sources.|