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English and Digital Linguistics
Tools and Corpora

Audio editors



Corpus linguistic analysis tools

Digital radio recording software (mp3)

Elsevier/Science Direct

Free HTML editors .

Helpful links for research:

Helpful search engines

  • Bing by Microsoft - the Google challenge?
  • WolframAlpha the computational knowledge engine for scientific queries
    • provides service answers queries directly based on the search terms rather than providing a list of results
    • key features: Search for information about domain names and compare websites; various maths and statistics functions
  • CORE (open access)
    • allows keyword and semantic search of over 10 million open access articles
    • key feature: If you find an article you like, CORE will find similar ones by analysing the text of that article
  • BASE (open access)
    • voluminous search engine especially for academic open access web resources from over 2,000 sources
    • key features: Allows you to search intellectually selected resources and their bibliographic data, including those from the so-called ‘deep web’, which are ignored by commercial search engines
    • there are several options for sorting the results list and you can browse by Dewey Decimal Classification and document type
  • Copac (library catalogue)
    • allows you to look through the catalogues of over 70 major UK and Irish libraries
    • key features: Good for locating books and other material held in research collections in the UK;  especially useful for humanities
  • Web Scale Discovery services
    • index a vast range of academic resources and provide sophisticated search tools
    • key features: The search includes journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers, aggregators and open-access repositories
  • Zetoc
    • provides you with access to over 28,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents
    • key features: Researchers can get email alerts of the table of contents in journals, keeping them up to date with the latest literature in their field
  • Europeana
    • a meta-catalogue of cultural heritage collections from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
    • the catalogue includes books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings
    • features: You can download your resource, print it, use it, save it, share it and play with it
  • Twitter
    • harness the power of social discovery and particularly the #icanhazpdf hashtag for locating PDFs that you do not have access to through your institution
    • features: Tweet an article you need using this hashtag and someone will point you to a copy that you can access
  • Mendeley and Zotero for Reference mangemant and discovery services (even better: Citavi)
    • share reference lists, citations, and even full papers in the case of Mendeley
    • key feature: Save, organise and store your references so that you can remain organised ready for the final write-up
  • ResearchGate (Networking)
  • Academia.edu (Networking)

Map collections

Movie editors

For more free movie editors, please click here (Wikipedia).

Online questionnaires

Online Translator Services

Picture editors

  • Gimp (Win OS, freeware)

Phonetic symbols as font for your computer

Recommended journals in Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)

Tools developed at Chemnitz ELL (archived links)



  • BYU-Corpora (BNC, COCA, COHA, Web-Based Global English, TIME, Google Books, etc.)
  • BNC World edition (via Bibo -> Digitale Bibliothek -> Datenbanken -> Angl./Am. -> BNC World Edition; NB: only accessible within the TUC network or via the VPN Gate)
  • MICUSP (Michigan Corpus of Upper-Level Student Papers)
  • OED Oxford English Dictionary Online (via Bibo -> Digitale Bibliothek -> Datenbanken -> Angl./Am. -> Oxford English Dictionary; NB: only accessible within the TUC network or via the VPN Gate)