Search, Study, and Analyze eBooks or Corpora

WordCruncher is a free personal research assistant with tools to help you search, study, analyze, download, create, and share eBooks or corpora.

 

Other apps and online resources may lack helpful tools, tags, markup, formatting, multilingual support, speed, or data. One linguist used online data to create a 700 million-word WordCruncher corpus. He said, “I couldn't have done a lot of my research with what is out there.”

Research and Teaching

Some BYU faculty projects include:

  • Donald Parry (Hebrew), Hebrew Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Royal Skousen (English Language), Analysis of Book of Mormon Variants
  • Cynthia Hallen (Linguistics), Emily Dickinson’s poems and letters, Webster’s 1844 dictionary
  • John Hilton III (Religion), Voices in the Book of Mormon
  • Brad Wilcox (Religion), Scripture research
  • Grant Underwood (History), LDS Church history writings

Scripture Study

Mormon leaders, members, scholars, and students have used a version of WordCruncher to study the scriptures in 30 languages, and to prepare talks and lessons.

WordCruncher has scripture study tools and resources not available online or with other apps.

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Let us help you

Email questions, requests, and suggestions to wordcruncher@byu.edu.

BYU faculty and staff services: We can come to your office, demonstrate and install WordCruncher, answer questions, discuss your projects, and help you, your TA, and your students as needed. Below are some services we have provided.

  1. Help install WordCruncher for various faculty members.  
  2. Help faculty and students use existing eBooks or corpora.  
  3. Create new WordCruncher eBooks or corpora. What texts or corpora would help your research or teaching?
  4. Class demonstrations for Mark Davies (Ling.), Bill Eggington (Ling.), and Donald Parry (Heb.).
  5. Train students in a computer lab for Royal Skousen (ELang.) and John Hilton III (Rel.). WordCruncher is available in the JFSB, HBLL, and JSB computer labs.
  6. Help teach Digital Humanities courses. Members of our support team have taught classes in Digital Humanities (DIGHT).
  7. Train research assistants for Donald Parry (Heb.), Grant Underwood (Hist.), Paul Hoskisson (Rel. ret.), and Alan Melby (Ling. ret.).

 

How you can help us

Each year BYU departments make annual reports that influence budgets and resources for the coming year. The following are some ways you can help us answer questions for our next report.

  1. Have the number of users increased?
    Tell friends, colleagues, students, and others about WordCruncher.
  2. How has WordCruncher helped academic research and teaching?
    Send us an email briefly describing how it has helped your research or teaching. If it helped you with publications or presentations, send us the citations. If your students use it for assignments or research, send us a brief explanation.
  3. Has WordCruncher helped Church leaders, employees, and departments?
    Send us an email if WordCruncher or LDS View has helped you with your Church assignment.
  4. Has WordCruncher been mentioned in publications or presentations?
    If it helped you with a publication or presentation, mention it briefly in the text or in a note (e.g., comment, footnote, credit, acknowledgment).