Writing tools for researchers

Updated July 18, 2014

Some useful references on more general issues

Bem, D. J. 1987. Writing the empirical journal article. In M. P. Zanna & J. M. Darley (Eds.), The compleat academic: A practical guide for the beginning social scientist (pp. 171-201). New York: Random House. (PDF)

Glasman-Deal, H. 2009. Science Research Writing: A Guide for Non-Native Speakers of English. London: Imperial College.

Online DBs

Word neighbors

Babla (just for fun)

String net

Easy everyday colocations

Collocation forbetterenglish


Springer exemplar

Video talks

Webcorp (The web is your corpus)


Antconc (Win, MacOS, lINUX)

Textstat (Windows & MacOS)

Deconstructing discourse

Clean your text 

Generate word lists (Input url)

Ngram Analyzer

Ngram Extractor

Web as a corpus (n-gram browser)

Online text comparator

Text-lex compare

Google books Ngram Viewer

Microsoft n-gram tool (just for fun and interesting lists of most frequent 100k words based on bing data mining)

AWL highlighter  (In groups of ten sublists)  More on the AWL.

Online corpora


Academic words in American English (Mark Davies COCA)




CQPweb portal

British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE) Sketch engine gateway

Do-it-yourself tools


Advanced users

Beautifulsoup parser (Python)

Avoid deduplication: Onion

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