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Here is a general strategy for finding translations. The order of the steps may vary depending on the year of the article.

  1. Determine if the journal was translated "cover-to-cover"
  2. If the article is before 1987, search for it as a single translation in CITE or Translations Register Index.
  3. Try NTIS or NTRL (at top of Starting Points box to right)
  4. If the article is 1940-1950s, try BSIR and Catalog of Technical Reports/OTS
  5. Check in subject indexes to translations.
  6. Search in a JPRS or Transdex source (at bottom of Starting Points box to right)

Starting points

National Technical Information Service and National Technical Reports Server from the U.S. Commerce Department


JPRS (Joint Publications Research Service) is a U.S. government agency which translates foreign language books, newspapers, journals, unclassified foreign documents and research reports.

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