Looking for the right word A guide to the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) ABOUT THE COCA Why would writers need a corpus? How can a corpus help? What is the COCA? HOW TO… • Register • Conduct a basic search • Search within different genres Genre description • Look for words that occur together • Compare words • Explore synonyms • See how the use of a word has changed over time ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Davies, Mark. The Corpus of Contemporary American English as the First Reliable Monitor Corpus of English. Literary and Linguistic Computing 25.4 (2010): 447-64. Web. Davies, Mark. More than a peephole: Using large and diverse online corpora. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 15. 3 (2010): 405–11. Web. Davies, Mark. The advantage of using relational databases for large corpora: Speed, advanced queries, and unlimited annotation. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 10.3 (2005): 307–334(28). ____________________________________________________________________________________ This handout was created by Clara Colombatto as part of her final research project for EDU 155 Literacy, Writing, and Tutoring in Spring 2012.