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Words in Context

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 14, 2009 3 Comments

Exemplar is an amazing website that:

searches over 1,900 journals from Springer’s collection to find authentic examples of how a word or phrase is used in published literature. Comprehensive coverage includes both current and archival content in all major subject areas including the life sciences, medicine, engineering, mathematics, computer science, business, and law, contributed by some of the world’s leading academics in these fields. Exemplar is continuously updated with new content as it is published.

We need one for the social sciences!!!!!


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3 Responses to “Words in Context”

  1. daveski on: 16 April 2009 at 7:37 am

    I agree, it’d be great to have something like this for the social sciences…but I think they’d have to do some thinking about what “context” means. A concordancer that produces the 5 words before and 5 words after the word in question (not even a whole sentence most of the time) is revealing a very shallow form of ‘context’. It’s a good thought project though…what COULD a web tool do to present more text(s) that would contextualize words like “dialogic interdiscursivity” (my all-time favorite head-scratcher)

  2. Usree Bhattacharya on: 16 April 2009 at 10:37 am

    how about a paragraph or a link to the whole pdf? though that would mean giving access to everyone. you gotta draw a line somewhere, daveski, you gotta draw a line somewhere.

  3. daveski on: 20 April 2009 at 8:57 am

    That’s for sure, but as far as I see it the main problem is that the context might not even BE in the text.

    Reminds me, have you seen the search engine/content aggregator that tries to assemble a variety of online resources around whatever particular keyword you type in? I saw one once but I can’t remember what it’s called.

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