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How to translate the language of the EBSCO interfaces and/or HTML Full Text

Depending on the EBSCO interface you are searching, you may have the ability to translate the language of the interface and/or HTML full text of an article.

Translating the Language of the Interface

If enabled by the library administrator (and available for your EBSCO interface), you can change the interface text from English to one of the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Greek
  • Russian
  • Bahasa Indonesian
  • Hebrew
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Hungarian
  • Slovakian
  • Croatian
  • Italian
  • Slovenian
  • Czech
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Danish
  • Korean
  • Swedish
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Thai
  • Finnish
  • Persian
  • Traditional Chinese
  • French
  • Polish
  • Turkish
  • German
  • Romanian
  •  

The language selection feature is located on top toolbar and the Preferences Screen in EBSCOhost.

Note: The interface language for Explora can be changed from English to French or Spanish only.  In addition, there is no Preferences Screen in Explora.

To change the language of the interface:

  1. Hover your pointer over Language on the top toolbar on the interface.
    The drop-down menu of available languages appears.

    selecting a language for the interface

  2. Select by clicking on the desired language in the list.
    The interface is refreshed and translated into the selected language.

You can set your default language to any of the languages listed above, and the next time you sign in to My EBSCOhost, the screens will display in your selected language.

To set a default language preference:

  1. Sign in to My EBSCOhost.

  2. From your search screen or Result List, click the Preferences link that appears below the Find field.

  3. In the General Settings area, select your language from the drop-down list

  4. Click Save.

 

Translating an Article

If English is the native language of an article, full text is 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.

Notes:

  • Online Help is not translated.

  • You must enter search terms in the language of the database being searched.

  • Due to copyright, royalty and licensing restrictions, certain publishers do not allow the translation of an article to another language.

  • If text does not display properly, you may need to adjust your browser settings and/or install the appropriate language packs. Visit your browser's support site for more information and available downloads.

 

See also:

How do librarians/EBSCOhost administrators modify the language of the EBSCOhost login screens?

How do librarians/EBSCOhost administrators enable multilingual options for EBSCOhost?