International Corpus of English

Using VOICE-Online

3 Searching VOICE

3.1 Simple queries

The content area contains an input box, where a search can be submitted by entering a search item, i.e. a word or phrase to be searched in the corpus.

3.2 Display of search results

The VOICE Online interface generally displays the search results as individual utterances, which are listed according to the sequence of events in the corpus tree.

In its default setting, search results are rendered in VOICE style. To view the search results in other styles, see the different output styles.

Every occurrence of the search item is highlighted.

If the corpus structure is fully displayed in the corpus tree, all event IDs of speech events which contain the search item are indicated in bold print.
Screenshot of search results
Search results and corpus tree

3.3 Search statistics

The basic search statistics are displayed in the line below the input box. The search engine counts the individual occurrences of the search item in the entire corpus, the number of utterances containing the search item, and the seconds needed for processing the search. For example, Found 279 in 248u in 0.462s means that there are 279 occurrences of the search item, which appear in 248 utterances, and 0.462 seconds were needed for the search.

3.4 Browsing through the list of search results

When you have submitted a search, the search results are displayed in the content area. For the sake of usability and speed, the search results are divided and are rendered in groups of 25 utterances per page. The letter u and the numbers on the top right corner of the content area show the numbers of the utterances displayed at a time (e.g. u1-25). The list of search results can be browsed through by clicking on the left and right arrows in the blue circles.

3.5 Search options/Types of searches

VOICE Online allows for searches of individual words and multi-word phrases, which can be combined with different wildcard characters.