Corpora - why would I use a corpus?

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“Corpus: The most useful research tool you didn’t know you needed.”

A corpus is a representative collection of texts, that can be used to research how people speak and what they say about different things.

Students and academics can also use a corpus to help them with writing and word choice, to supplement or even replace usage guides.


This task will give you a flavour of how a corpus might be used in your research. You can try this task on your own, although it was designed to be done in a classroom with a teacher to support you.

You will need an internet connection and a web browser. Talk to your IT support person about this.