Extra e-resources

Several additional online resources have been made available during the current emergency. For details see: Remote access to Library resources during the Covid-19 outbreak A-Z Databases (on the right of the page)


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Tatoeba is a database of sentences and translations. Enter a phrase and it shows example sentences in several languages. For example, a search for get drunk finds 95 English sentences, such as: Let’s get drunk. Don’t get drunk. Tom is getting drunk. I never get drunk. Getting drunk won’t make things better. Sentences come with… Read more Tatoeba

World Atlas of Language Structures

The World Atlas of Language Structures is “a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages”. For example, in some languages certain pronouns are used for politeness. The atlas classifies languages according to second person pronouns that: encode no politeness distinction (e.g. English, Swahili) encode a binary politeness distinction (e.g. German, Russian, Mandarin)… Read more World Atlas of Language Structures


Mintel Academic provides consumer and market research. For example, this month has a report on the UK fizzy drink industry. It seems more people want less sugar in their fizzy drinks. Meanwhile women are getting comfortable with looking older. This could be bad news for the hair colourant market.  


Nexis is a database of newspapers and other news sources. It contains full-text articles. For example, you can search for UEA in the headlines of UK national newspapers: UEA criticised by notable alumni for ‘thuggish’ development plans (The Guardian, September 7, 2016) UEA academics from different subject areas unite in disappointment at Brexit result (The… Read more Nexis