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Translating a bibliography
Thread poster: Greta Holmer

Greta Holmer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Oct 17, 2002

I am translating a historical text and want to know if there are any official rules to follow when translating a bibliography.

I haven\'t translated titles of books, articles or journals but should I translate the names of places of publication (e.g. Den Haag - The Hague, Bruxelles - Brussels, etc)?

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Arthur Borges
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There are several. Oct 17, 2002

There\'s the Chicago Style Manual and Harvard has a book on footnoting and bibliographic references too.

However, the publisher, and a good number of specialised fields, may have bibliographic standards of their own.

Ask your client to supply you with the standards recommended by his publisher, or in the case of a periodical, ask for back copies said periodical.

You are very right to ask -- there is no single standard and you are venturing into a minefield. However, the publisher will have her/his own proofreaders: fixing your errors are what they are paid for.

Occasionally, you can afford to get stubborn and push to impose the Chicago or Harvard standards.

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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
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Use a style manual - but check with the client first Oct 17, 2002

Apologies to the moderator for posting this as a new thread earlier.

This one of those questions you should sort out before you start the job (as you are probably in fact doing). Doing so will help to establish your image as a professional with customers.

If the client has no in-house style sheet, I usually suggest following the guidelines in one of the following two publications.

MHRA style book : notes for authors, editors, and writers of theses. 5th ed. London, Modern Humanities Research Association, 1996.

The Chicago manual of style. 14th ed. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1993.



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