We are committed to keeping the BYU corpora
free -- for those universities that have light to moderate use, and
which cannot afford a license. As a result, there is no cost to use the corpora, as long as your class or
department has less than 250 queries each day.
But if you need more than 250 queries
per day, or if you do not want to see the messages that appear every
10-15 queries, then you may want to have an academic license, as
many other universities have
(Compare also to full-text data)
Why the change? We now have more than 130,000 distinct users each month, which makes
these the most widely used online corpora. It takes thousands of dollars
each year to keep the corpora online (new computers, updated software, etc), and it only
seems fair that a university that uses the corpora heavily as part of
their curriculum will help to
support them. In addition, we need a viable model
of sustainability for the future. Otherwise, at some point no one
will have access to any of the corpora.
Select one of the following three options
Note that the cost for an academic license for the BYU corpora
is much less than for many other corpora.
By way of comparison, the
annual rates for an academic license from
(which are probably the second most widely-used corpora online, after the BYU
about four to five times as much:
Sketch Engine price
It is very simple for a university (or other organization) to sign up for an academic license.
Make the payment for your
university by clicking on the link for one of the amounts shown above. You
can also pay via wire transfer if the
total cost is $600 or more.
Note on forms: purchase orders,
vendor agreements, W-9, invoices, etc.
As soon as the payment is made, you will receive an email with a link to a web page where you
will enter the IP address ranges for your university (e.g. 123.45.*.*)
and/or the password that your students will use. That's all you need to
do -- it takes just a minute or two. (Test
your IP address)
Students and faculty can log on
from on campus (or from home, via your proxy server). Or they can
name of your university and the password that you've chosen (a one time
process). After doing
this, 1) they will have expanded access 2) users will not see the messages
every 10-15 queries and 3) users will not be blocked if they jointly do 250
queries per day.
See the Frequently Asked Questions
regarding administration of the academic license.