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EBSCOhost Multilingual Support FAQs

Multilingual - General

Q. Can I enter a query that contains multiple languages, such as Japanese and English, and still expect the search results to include records with all of the search words?

A. Yes. For example, entering a query "日本" AND business” will retrieve records that contain both "日本" and “business”.

Q. What languages can be searched?

A. Any Latin based language, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic.

Q. If I enter a query in one language (for example Greek), will it be translated “on the fly” to retrieve results in other languages (for example English)?

A. No. If a user today enters a term in Greek in the Find field, EBSCOhost will return results that match that specific Greek term. However, we do not have “translation on the fly” for query words, so the result will not include any results from matches of the English translation of the Greek search term.

Q. How should I enter operators if I am searching in a language other than English?

  • Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT must be entered in the English language, even when using query words in other languages.
  • Double Quotes can be used
  • Brackets ( ) for expressions can be used
  • Wildcards (?, #, *) can be used
  • Proximity Wn and Nn

Q. How should I enter search tags if I am searching in a language other than English?

A. English Language Search Tags, such as TI (Title), AB (abstract), AU (Author), should be used even when using query words in other languages.

Q. In what languages can I search by or for “Subject” terms?

A. The search function works for all supported languages. The majority of records contain subjects in English, regardless of the language of the cataloged document. Some records contain subjects in English and another language. Therefore, if your non-English SU (Subject) field code query doesn’t yield results, try adding an OR to your SU search with an English-language equivalent of your previous term. The expansion of non-English subjects will be introduced in the future as a part of our continuous enhancements.

Q. When I change my interface language to non-English, some parts still remain in English. Can I have everything displayed in my selected language?

A. Currently the interface has several data elements that are available only in English. For example, in the Advanced Search screen there are the Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), the Field Labels (AU Author, TI Title etc.), Publication Types (Periodical, Newspaper, Book etc.), Document Types (Abstract, Article, Bibliography etc.), Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French etc.) and the Image Quick View Types (Black and White Photograph etc.). Also, in the search result list, the option Relevance Sort only shows the options in English (Date Descending, Date Ascending etc.). Future enhancements are being considered to be able to address this, so that everything will be displayed in the user’s preferred language.

Multilingual - Latin Based

Q. Should I enter the diacritic into the query?

A. You can, but you do not have to. For example, searching with “größte”, “grösste” or “grosste” will all retrieve the same set of results.

Multilingual - Japanese Based

Q. Can I search with Hiragana and retrieve records that contain the corresponding Katakana spelling? How about vice versa?

A. Yes. For example, searching with "ふらんす" will retrieve records that contain "フランス" and vice versa.

Q. Can I enter a query using New Kanji and retrieve records that contain the Old version of that same Kanji? How about vice versa?

A. Yes. For example, searching with "斉藤" will retrieve records that contain "齊藤" and vice versa.

Q. Will using double quotes in my query limit the search results so that the Hiragana/Katakana and New/Old Kanji variations mentioned above will not be retrieved?

A. No. If you enter a Hiragana word in double quotes as your query, the search results will still contain both the Hiragana word and the corresponding Katakana spelling (and vice versa). The same can be said for Kanji, if you enter a Kanji word that contains the new version and place that word within double quotes in your query, the search results will still contain both the new and old Kanji variants (and vice versa).

Multilingual - Chinese Based

Q. Can I enter a query using Simplified Chinese characters and retrieve records that contain the corresponding Traditional Chinese characters? How about vice versa?

A. Yes. For example, searching with "红楼梦" (Dream of the Red Chamber) will retrieve records that contain either "红楼梦” or “紅樓夢". Searching with "紅樓夢" will produce the same results.