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Methods Blog

By students, for students, explained.

The methods blog is a student-led collection of guides to useful research tools and methods. An ever-growing collection of text and video entries, in the methods blog you can find many tool and programs which were used for many data collection and analysis in many La-Bank Corpora.

If there are any tools you are interested in using that are not included in the Methods Blog, there are additional guides on the Textdaten Romanistik (German) page. 

Online Romance Languages Courses to support your studies:

  • e spaces: Bachelor level online course on the development of romance languages from 753 BC until today, with online lessons covering multilingualism, the media, norms and politics.
  • Linguistic Landscapes Study taster: a three-part online taster course on Linguistic Landscapes (Sprachlandschaften), designed as an introduction to Linguistic Landscape research for all those interested, especially those who have not had experience with Linguistic Landscapes before and would like an overview of themes and research.
  • Working with Research Data: a comprehensive course on working with research data (OpenUP Login required) - how to prepare, plan, analyse and publish your research for students.

Useful Software Guides – written about Software used by students, for students

  • ELAN: as a team, we work a lot with ELAN, because it is a transcription software that allows for segmented, detailed transcription, in a file format that it easy to share and use with other software. Good for detailed transcription of audio files.
  • Transkribus: another great tool we use for written texts, in particular for the recognition, digitalisation and annotation of handwritten or printed historical documents, which can be difficult for the human eye to decipher.
  • UP Survey Tutorial: a helpful video from alumna Lara Agostini explaining how to use the University Potsdam Survey tool, available to all Potsdam University Students
  • Zenodo: an online, open-access platform we use to store and make our research available to everyone online, in accordance with the FAIR principles: Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability. On this page, we set out how we use Zenodo and the useful links and guides available.