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translate bibliography and references, too?

Should references and bibliographies of wikipedia articles be translated or left in their original language? Should the sources be listed as they originally were so that they can be tracked down, even by readers of a translation?

May 30, 2013

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Bibliography is usually not translated. The exception are well-known books that have been translated into the target language. In this case I'd add the official translation in parentheses.

If the reference is not translated into the target language, it is no use to translate its title. People who don't understand the original language of the reference wouldn't be able to check it anyway. For those who do it's better to leave the original title.

I work as a translator and that is the common practice. Sometimes there are instructions to translate the titles in parentheses, but these are really rare.

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