Writing tools for researchers

This is a selection of resources for those wishing to improve their scientific and academic writing in English. It showcases some online resources including courses, academic word lists, online data bases, concordancers, corpora as well as some diy tools.

Online courses

British Council Writing for a purpose

Face to face & online courses

VI Escribir ciencia en inglés / Writing science in English (Universidad de Murcia)

Word lists

AWL and definitions. Academic Word List Coxhead (2000). Around  570 headwords

AWL 10 sublists and sublist families

Exploring contexts of AWL (dictionary-based)  and academic areas  (needs a code)

Test your vocabulary range using Lex Tutor

The Manchester Phrase Bank

Exploring collocations

Oxford online collocations dictionary

Collocation forbetterenglish (Sketch Engine SKELL): examples, word sketches and similar words

Word neighbors (different corpora available)

String net (explore patterns)

Collocaid: collocation errors and editor

Using Google N-GRAM to discover word combinations (intake of *)

Online corpora

Academic words in American English (Mark Davies COCA)

CRA (Corpus of Research Articles) Great to test your hypothesis (perform an analysis?)



British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE) Sketch engine gateway

BAWE corpus (Coventry site)


CQPweb portal

Deconstructing discourse

Clean your text 

Generate word lists (Input url)

Ngram Analyzer

Ngram Extractor

Web as a corpus (n-gram browser)

Online text comparator

Google books Ngram Viewer Use it to test phraseological uses  All the options here

Online DBs

Exploration tools:


Babla (just for fun)


Video talks

Webcorp (The web is your corpus)

Springer exemplar

Taporware tools (Alberta)


Antconc (Win, MacOS, lINUX)

Textstat (Windows & MacOS)

Do-it-yourself tools & Advanced users


Beautifulsoup parser (Python)

Avoid deduplication: Onion


Using COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English)

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