Databases of the week: Linguistics

December 10, 2019
Finding Sloppy (the turtle)

Like Sloppy the Levia family turtle, library databases often hide in plain sight!


ProQuest dissertations & theses global

Not limited to the field of Linguistics, but a rich and valuable resource. Searchable and browsable database of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day. It also offers full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text. Designated as an official offsite repository for the U.S. Library of Congress, PQDT Global offers comprehensive historic and ongoing coverage for North American works and significant and growing international coverage from a multiyear program of expanding partnerships with international universities and national associations.

Corpora at this site were created by Mark Davies, Professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University. The corpora have many different uses, including: finding out how native speakers actually speak and write; finding the frequency of words, phrases, and collocates; looking at language variation and change, e.g. historical, dialects, and genres; gaining insight into culture, e.g what is said about different concepts over time and in different countries; designing authentic language teaching materials and resources.


  • iWeb: The Intelligent Web-based Corpus
  • News on the Web (NOW)
  • Hansard Corpus (British Parliament)
  • Wikipedia Corpus (with virtual corpora)
  • Global Web-Based English (GloWbE)
  • Early English Books Online
  • Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
  • Corpus of Historical American English (COHA)
  • The TV Corpus
  • The Movie Corpus
  • Corpus of US Supreme Court Opinions
  • TIME Magazine Corpus
  • Corpus of American Soap Operas
  • British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)
  • Strathy Corpus (Canada)
  • CORE Corpus.


Linguistics and language behavior abstracts

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations. Updated monthly, covers 1973-present.


Oxford Handbooks Online: Scholarly Research Reviews

The complete texts of the Oxford handbooks, including Linguistics. Extensive links make the online handbooks easy to navigate. Contains thousands of in-depth essays by the world's leading scholars.