for students


Research and studenting resources (Terri Senft, excellent for dissertations)

Discourse analysis

Semiotics for Beginners (Daniel Chandler, also book)

Conversation analysis

Basic CA tutorial (Charles Antaki at Loughborough)

Line numbering in transcripts (John Heritage on EMCA wiki)


News language (teaching unit by me for Queen Mary)

News literacy, including “fake news” (teaching unit by me for Queen Mary)

Operation InfeKtion: How Russia Perfected the Art of War ( New York Times film, for discussion)


Writing as a social scientist (David Eil in a Twitter thread)

Academic communication (teaching unit by me for a Tempus EU project)


Employability guide for BA (Hons) English students who do not want to become teachers, or not yet (by me for Professional Writing Practice students at the University of Suffolk)

Library / information resources

Internet Archive – giant lending library of mostly off-copyright stuff

Wayback Machine – past Internet pages

HathiTrust – digital resources at US academic libraries, accessed by a union catalog

Naturally I would never tell students about resources like Sc1-Hub or L1brary Genes1s.


4K downloader for saving video – free, and saves in surprisingly compact form

APowersoft recorder for video / audio – left hand button is the free version

Audacity for audio editing – good for quick transcribing as well as producing podcasts and music

PDF editors – I’ve used PDFEscape

Tabs Outliner for Chrome – saves your tabs when there’s a crash. OneTab lets you save and sort them deliberately. Remember to back up and export tabs when you move to a new computer.

Distraction blocking apps – there is no shame in needing these. The shame is in Silicon Valley’s distraction economy. I have a lifetime license for Freedom.