Writing academic texts is something every student has to learn. Luckily, there is an abundance of tutorials how to write a term paper and you do not have to reinvent the wheel as most papers follow a relatively simple structure. This section contains a handpicked list of resources that help you structure and write your paper.
This page contains a collection of useful links. Highlight: The Academic Phrasebank:
Are you looking for
idiomatic expressions that are commonly used in the register of
research articles? Then the Academic Phrasebank is perfect for you! It
contains a collection of phraseological units that are commonly used in
These are grouped by communicative purpose and section
of the research article.
In a first step, you are required to authenticate with your BA-Account. In a second step, you have to either login or sign up for an account for the corpus platform. You must use your @stud.uni-bamberg.de or @uni-bamberg.de e-mail when signing up. If you encounter any problems, please contact Fabian Vetter.
The SketchEngine is a commercial corpus interface which was primarily developed with the needs of lexicographers in mind. What's unique about SE is that it features some (sadly rather opaque) algorithms for investigating how words are used in context. The functions are similar to the collocations function in CQPweb, but more intuitive. You can use SE to access a wide range of corpora (including the BNC and parallel corpora such as OPUS).
If you require access, please contact Fabian Vetter or Julia Schlüter.
A campus licence for COCA, COHA & GloWbE is available now. All students with a free user account for
the corpora have advanced access rights when logging in on campus.
This also works with a VPN connection from home.
Please note this
works for only 30 students at a time, so please do not forget to log out
once you're finished with your research.
This is an open-resource self-learning package that is free to use for anyone interested in the application of corpora (large computer-readable text databases) to practical language problems in English.
"EXMARaLDA is a system for working with oral corpora on a computer. It consists of a transcription and annotation tool (Partitur-Editor), a tool for managing corpora (Corpus-Manager) and a query and analysis tool (EXAKT)." (https://exmaralda.org/en/about-exmaralda/, 08.08.2023)
Here you'll find a selection of the most common English corpora. The corpora are grouped into four categories. Each subpage features short descriptions, links and other useful information. If you're looking for a specific corpus or need help, please contact Fabian Vetter.
"eWAVE is an interactive database on
morphosyntactic variation in spontaneous spoken English mapping 235 features from a dozen
domains of grammar in now 51 varieties of English
(traditional dialects, high-contact mother-tongue Englishes, and indigenized second-language Englishes)
and 26 English-based
Pidgins and Creoles in eight Anglophone world regions (Africa, Asia, Australia, British Isles, Caribbean, North
and the South Atlantic; see
here for a list)." (https://ewave-atlas.org/, 09.08.2023)
"The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials (such as reference grammars) by a team of 55 authors." (https://wals.info/, 09.08.2023)
The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution
of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed
guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million
words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5
million quotations from a wide range of international English language
sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film
scripts and cookery book.
Lukas Sönning created several templates for MS Office with which you can easily create professional visualizations for your data. The templates can be found in his OSF repository: https://osf.io/v37pw/.