Revisit The Map (pg. 28-29) and using the steps in identifying a topic, redefine the process and aim of your research question
Make the necessary connections for your literature search
Source & Target text/medium: The Yacoubian Building; عمارة يعقوبيان; ʿImārat Yaʿqūbīān; Alaa Al-Aswany; Humphrey T. Davies
Phrase Searching – use quotations marks around a phrase to retrieve documents with the exact phrase (see above)
Search strings for concept searching may include:
“The Yacoubian Building” AND “translatability of humor” OR “untranslatability of humor”
“ʿImārat Yaʿqūbīān” AND humor AND “translations into English”
“Humphrey T. Davies” AND “translatability of humor”
“Modern Arabic fiction” AND “cultural untranslatability”
“The Yacoubian Building” AND “literary translation”
Research databases overlap in purpose and features, and trying to categorize them is not always necessary. Rather, the modern library seeks to emulate a Google type one-stop search approach. A “discovery platform” where information needs can be met and filtered through the use of a single search box.
Modern library catalogues provide information on print sources, and in addition, direct access to e-books and articles in journals, newspapers, image banks, etc.
Some academic libraries make their resources visible through web search engines like Google Scholar and on joint library catalogues, for example, WorldCat.
Translation Studies is a relatively new field with a small footprint.
Searching subject-specific or relevant resources is more efficient and effective than filtering large multidisciplinary and multi-format research databases.
Library catalogues are not always up to date. Integration of different research databases presents challenges for vendors, publishers and libraries - and takes time.
As a specialist, it is important to be able to identify resources specific or relevant to the discipline.
Keywords, author’s name, article or book titles, etc.
Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), phrase searches, etc.
Search within the citation (specific), abstract (relevant) or the full-text (broad search)
Search according to publisher, format type, date, language, etc.
Provide information about the source
How many times cited and by whom
Provide email and RSS (Rich Site Summary) services
Allows you to save a search as an RSS feed or an email alert and have any new items that match your search appear on your desktop, reader or be emailed to you. This can include:
Table of contents from new issues of a particular journal
New articles on your specific research topic
Theses & Dissertations resources
Audiovisual media resources
Is it available through other Education City Libraries such as the HBKU Library?
See also QNL DDS Service
Muhawi, Ibrahim. “Performance and Translation in the Arabic Metalinguistic Joke.” The Translator 8.2 (2002): 341-66.
Core Journal Titles (A-Z List) & Library Catalogue
Volume, issue no.
Library catalogue, e-journal atabases (A-Z List), Google Scholar
(Use Google to identify publisher, for example - Taylor & Francis publishes The Translator)
Journal title, volume, issue no.
Identify relevant databases for your literature search.
Identify keywords to use with each database
Simplify searches for subject-specific databases
Use Boolean operators and other filters for larger and multidisciplinary research databases
Follow individual databases' instructions to refine your searches
Utilize services offered: related articles, email and RSS feeds
Record references, including call numbers for print sources and download articles