Selecting an Interface Language

The interface language is the language of the on-screen instructions and help information. The following languages are available:

  • Arabic
  • English
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Select the desired language from the drop-down menu that that appears in the top toolbar. The default value is English. This value appears on the drop-down menu.

We recommend users search terms in the language of the local interface language they select. For example, if you select the Arabic language, type search terms in Arabic. Your search results may not always be accurate when you combine two different language (e.g., English and Arabic).

For advanced search, you can use field tags, Boolean characters, and wildcards. However, as you type in the advanced search field, the local language dictates how field tags, Boolean characters, wildcards display in the field.

For example, in the Arabic local interface, if you type #1 OR #3 in the advanced search field, the text displays: OR #1 #3 and will return the correct results based on #1 OR #3.

Note: Author and publication source name search aids are always in English regardless of the selected local interface language.


Interface Translation Rules

Generally, all items on a page will be translated. The following items, however, are not translated.

  • Proper names

  • Product names

  • Trademarks, registered trademarks, and service marks

  • Search examples

  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and proximity operator (NEAR)

  • Two- and three-character field tags used in Advanced Search to formulate search queries


Language Field

The Language field in a Full Record displays the language in which the source document was published.