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English Language Institute - Oakland Campus: Welcome

A guide for English Language Institute students to become familiar with the library and research their topics.

Essential Links

Use the PITTCat+ search engine on the library home page to search across many library resources for books, ebooks, articles, and archives.

Browse the full list of Pitt's article databases by name from A to Z, or by subject, to link directly to general or specialized collections of complete full-text journal, newspaper, magazine, ebook and multi-media content.

Citation Styles

Workshops for International Writers

International Café

Join us for a series of workshops that tackle some of the difficulties of writing and using English as a non-native speaker. Learn something, chat with other international students, and enjoy refreshments several Friday afternoons this term at the Writing Center.  Most sessions are Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and are held in the Writing Center at Room 317B in the O'Hara Student Center .

If you have samples of your writing or assignments that we can use in a session, please bring them with you.

If you would like to be notified of our events, send an email to

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Still lost in translation?

Libraries use technical terms and specialized vocabulary, just like most professions and industries. These words can cause confusion for researchers from non-English backgrounds.  Here are two glossaries of library terms you may see:  

Multilingual Glossary of Terms

(Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French and Spanish)

Glossary by the Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section

(Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese)

The Language Tables (PDF) compare terms in English to similar terms in other languages.

The Definitions (PDF) links give more detailed definitions for how these terms are used in libraries (in English only.)

Example from Glossary

Abstract: A summary or brief description of the content of another longer work. An abstract is often provided along with the citation to a work.

Example from Table

Abstract:   提要  *  초록  *  概要 * Exposé des éléments essentiels * resumen * bản tóm tắt hay bản mô tả ngắn, gọn * ملخص

Translate This Guide

Machine translation can help you learn new words. These links will take you to Google's machine translated versions of this page:


يمكن أن تساعدك على الترجمة الآلية تعلم كلمات جديدة. وهذه الروابط يأخذك إلى آلة نسخ مترجمة من جوجل هذه الصفحة باللغتين العربية وغيرها:

La traduction automatique peut vous aider à apprendre de nouveaux mots. Ces liens vous mèneront vers des versions traduites de la machine de Google de cette page en français et autres langues:

기계 번역 새로운 단어를 배울 수 있습니다. 이러한 링크는 한국어와 다른 언어로이 페이지의 Google의 기계 번역 된 버전로 이동합니다 :

La traducción automática puede ayudarle a aprender nuevas palabras. Estos enlaces te llevarán a las versiones traducidas de la máquina de Google de esta página en español y otros idiomas:

Makine çevirisi, yeni kelimeler öğrenmenize yardımcı olabilir. Bu bağlantılar Türkçe ve diğer dillerde bu sayfayı Google'ın makine çevrilmiş sürümleri götürecek:


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Patricia Sharp
207A Hillman Library
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Library Class Visit

Here are some of the materials we used during ELI class visits to Hillman library last term:

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