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This guide offers some basic ideas and strategies for getting started on researching the topic of sign language interpreting.
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Researching interpreting


The Gallaudet University Library contains a large collection of materials related to interpreting for the deaf. This research guide is designed to help you find information and materials about the various aspects of interpreting. Use the clues in this guide to narrow your search to the specific aspects of interpreting that interest you.

Remember, this guide will not tell you about all the materials the Library has about interpreting for the deaf. You must do the research yourself. This resource will guide you to the appropriate places to begin your search for information. If you need further assistance, please ask at the Service Desk.


A brief introduction to and overall description of interpreting for the deaf can be found in: Van Cleve, John, ed. Gallaudet encyclopedia of deaf people and deafness. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987. (On reserve at the Circulation Desk.)

  • Topics include the history of interpreting, ethics, etiquette, different settings and working conditions, and development of training programs. In particular, look for these two articles: "Interpreting", by Nancy Frishberg (Volume 2, p.89-96) and "Interpreter Training in the United States" by Janice Kanda (Volume 2, p.96-98). Other related articles may be found through the Index in Volume 3.

For more detailed introductory material, the following are suggested:

Frishberg, Nancy. Interpreting: an introduction [revised edition]. Silver Spring, Md.: RID Publications, 1990. (DEAF 418.02 F7i 1990)

  • A detailed expansion of her brief article in the Gallaudet encyclopedia of deaf people and deafness. Covers history, terminology, required skills, research, roles, work settings and demand, training, and special techniques. Appendices offer the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Code of Ethics, AIIC Code of Professional Conduct and Practice, and a compilation of state interpreter laws. Includes a 16-page bibliography.

Humphrey, Janice H., and Alcorn, Bob. So you want to be an interpreter?: an introduction to sign language interpreting (second edition). Salem, OR: Sign Enhancers, 1994. (DEAF 418.02 H85s 1994)

  • Discusses the interpreter's role, requirements, training, ethics, specialized skills, various sign systems, situation assessment, and the certification procedure.
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Revised by Tom Harrington
Reference and Instruction Librarian
September 2001

Revised by James McCarthy
Instruction & Reference Librarian
July 2012


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