Sketch Engine

Sketch Engine is a tool for anyone researching how words behave, and is useful across a variety of disciplines, including linguistics, language learning and translation. It is a Corpus Query System incorporating word sketches and one-page automatic and corpus-derived summaries of a word's grammatical and collocational behaviour. It also includes concordances, a thesaurus, word frequency lists, and keyword lists, as well as ready-to-use corpora for sixty languages.


Access is available directly from this page by connecting to the Sketch Engine website. You'll be prompted to log in to MUSE as necessary. From the Sketch Engine login page:

  • Click 'Institutional login'.
  • Select 'University of Sheffield' as the organisation you would like to sign in with.
  • Confirm whether you are a returning user or a new user (if you have used Sketch Engine before, reactive your account; if not, create a new account). You'll be sent an email verification.
  • Confirm that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions.

The University of Sheffield access to Sketch Engine is funded by the ELEXIS project. Only academic use is permitted and using Sketch Engine to generate revenue directly or indirectly is not allowed. This includes, for example, building dictionaries to be sold and developing paid-for software or ad-supported websites. Read the full terms and conditions here.


If you experience any difficulties in using this eResource please call the Library Help Service on extension 27200 or email