Linguistics and Translation - Recommended Sources

Specialist e-resources

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

Search 400 million words to see how frequency of use and meaning has changed.


Freely available, high quality dictionaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish with translations into other languages also provided. Audio files give the pronunciation for every word listed.

The most trusted source about words in English, containing definitions, plus very detailed word histories.

A well-established site offering online language dictionaries (and verb conjugators for French, Spanish and Italian)

Access a range of English and multilingual dictionaries, including synonyms, abbreviations and acronyms

Key Starters for Essays and Dissertations

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

The online version of a 10 volume printed encyclopedia covering 27 key areas of linguistics, including assessment and testing, conversation analysis, corpus linguistics, discourse, language policy etc. You will find over 1100 essays written by experts from across the world.

In the search panel on the right of the screen, make sure you click Search in this Book before you type in your search.

Oxford Linguistics Handbooks offer thorough introductions and a survey of the current state of research in key topics, including applied linguistics, translation studies, the history of English, tense and aspect etc. Chapters review key issues and major debates and indicate how the debates might evolve.

Over 240 unlimited access in-depth guides to current and classic research across a range of subject areas. If you can't access something via this site, put the book title into the Portsmouth catalogue instead as we have previously bought some titles via Ebook Central.

Access the full text of books about quantitative and qualitative research methods and many more social science research topics.

Access over 750 entries about key practical and theoretical aspects of TESOL. Each entry is organized into three sections: “Framing the Issue,” “Making the Case,” and “Pedagogical Implications”.

Professional Bodies

Founded in 1910, this is a key professional body for professional linguists across the world.

Founded in 1986, this is a professional association of practising translators and interpreters in the United Kingdom.

Translation Help

Maintained by UNESCO, this site lists over 2 million books which have been translated around the world since 1979.

The official European Union terminology database available in 24 languages and containing 1.4 million multilingual entries.

A well-established directory of online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet. There are links to over 7500 dictionaries and glossaries, many of which have been created by translators working in specialist fields.

NATO’s multilingual translation guide. This is one large PDF document so it can be slow to load – if it seems to hang, just click reload

Search 85,000 entries in the 6 official languages of the UN

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