How and Where to Look for Sources of Information in a Foreign Language?


How and Where to Look for Sources of Information in a Foreign Language?

Not all materials can be used as the basis for research. It is important that they:

  • Coincided and revealed the chosen topic;
  • They emphasized the relevance and unresolved nature of the problem, covered it from all possible sides;
  • etc.


The need to include foreign literature in the candidate and doctoral dissertations is caused by the lack of a sufficient evidence base or other nuances and features reflected in domestic works. As a rule, foreign projects supplement the main material with interesting and important facts, thereby emphasizing the unresolved issue under study, new opportunities, etc.


Search for foreign sources of information


Finding a credible foreign source is not an easy task. Not every article written in a foreign language will be relevant, substantiated and reliable. Regardless of which publication or website you find a suitable fragment, you should definitely double-check it.


The search for foreign literature is best done on specialized platforms: electronic international libraries (for example, Google Academy, etc.), electronic databases (Scopus, WoS, etc.), leading international journals with a decent reputation and authority (as a rule, such journals, carefully monitoring their own rating, controlling the quality of published materials).


The search for primary sources in a foreign language comes down to the following steps:

  • Choosing a topic and translating it into a foreign language. Here it is important not only to accurately and literally translate the title of the project, but also to take into account the author's intention, what he intends to investigate and what goal to achieve, what hypothesis to prove;
  • Search for materials through various services: libraries (most universities subscribe to domestic and foreign scientific journals), the Internet, etc. It is best to trust trusted portals and publications that are worried about their own reputation and check the quality of published materials;
  • Translation of foreign literature into English. It is important to do it competently and professionally, without flaws and distortions;
  • Study and analysis of the collected materials, assessment of the prospects for their use in their own research;
  • Systematization of primary sources.


You can search for foreign resources by topic, keywords, theses. It is enough to drive the indicated categories into the search engine (while it is allowed to be reflected in English, but better in a foreign language) and wait for the results.


More resources:
What Is the Scope of a PhD Thesis?
What Determines the Scope of a PhD Thesis?
Understanding the Volume of the Ph.D. Thesis Sections
How to Go About Regulating the Size of Your Thesis
How to Achieve the Optimal Volume When Doing a Ph.D. Thesis?



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