A video guide
This video guide to Sketch Engine was created by James Thomas, the author of Discovering English with Sketch Engine. We hope it will help you with orientation and using Sketch Engine features to learn how language works.
The Sketch Engine interface
Getting started with Sketch Engine, learning what is where and what it does.
Find out how to use the simple search.
Sorting concordances to the left and right context in order to see language patterns and instructions for setting the display text types and sorting to them.
Using wildcards in simple search
Using wildcards ? (any character) and * (no character, one or more characters) in the simple search field to look for unspecified characters and also a demonstration of how to search words with ‘ (apostrophe).
More specific searches
Explanation of other search boxes – Lemma, Phrase, Word form, Characters, and CQL forms.
Work with the context
Specify which words should appear near your search word, e.g. find examples of verbs followed by an adverb strongly.
Generating a list of collocations candidates and description of metrics used in Sketch Engine: logDice, MI (mutual information), and T-score.
Collocates in grammatical relations – Word Sketches
This video answers to questions: What is a Word Sketch and How to use it or work with it?