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Find Text — Concordance

This tool finds text anywhere within a plain text document, either located at a specified web address or in a document uploaded from the user’s files, and generates a concordance for each instance.

Users can choose whether to situate their desired text within a context of words, sentences, lines or paragraphs. The search terms can be a word or a regular expression.

Note: This tool works best when the input is plain text. If an HTML or XML text is submitted, the tool will strip all tags and process it as plain text.

Please click the ? buttons at the bottom right of each set of options for more information on that set.

For further information on this tool, please see the TADA Wiki's Concordance entry here. A glossary of terms is also available here.


To generate a concordance for text found at, search for occurrences of 'country’, show up to ten words before and after each instance, and display the results as HTML:
  1. Source text
    1. Enter ‘’ into the ‘URL’ field.
  2. What to find
    1. Enter 'country' in the 'Word/Pattern' field.
  3. Context for concordance
    1. Choose 'Words' from the 'Context' drop-down menu.
    2. Enter '10' into the 'Context length' field.
  4. Results
    1. Select ‘HTML’ from the ‘Display as’ drop-down menu.
    2. Check the box next to 'Display words before and after the pattern'.
  5. Click the ‘Submit’ button to process the text.
» Source text


This section determines the source of the document you wish the tool to process.


Source URL
To use content from a web page, enter a full web address (URL) in the field provided. Copy and paste from your browser’s address bar for best results. If the web address directs to an HTML or XML document instead of plain text, the tool will strip all tags and process it as plain text.

Local file
To upload a plain text (.txt) file from your computer, choose ‘Local file,’ click ‘Browse,’ and select the file you wish to use from your directory.

» What to find

This section determines what to search for within the document.


Users can filter results based on the word, phrase or pattern (regular expression) entered here. To search multiple words without the tool treating them as a phrase, separate words with commas (Ex: red, orange, purple). To search for a phrase, enter it as it appears in the text - quotation marks are not needed (Ex: wine-dark sea, not "wine-dark sea"). Unix-style searching may also be used.

Get Synonyms
If searching a word, this button generates a list of synonyms in a new window. To search the original word plus synonymns, copy the comma-separated list in the text box of the new window and paste it into the Word/Pattern field. Note: Concordance only.
» Context for concordance

This section allows the user to define the context type and how many of that type to show on either side of each instance of the word or pattern.


Context can be set to one of four options from the drop menu: words, lines, sentences and paragraphs. Note: Paragraphs is not available for the Raw Grep tool.

Context Length
This drop menu allows users to enter how many words, lines, sentences or paragraphs they want to show before and after the word or pattern.
» Results


This section allows users to choose how the results will be formatted, and whether to display it in a new browser window.

Display as
This drop-down lists enables users to choose from several output formats: HTML, XML text in HTML, XML tree, and Tab delimited text.

Display words before and after the pattern
Check this box to show the chosen context before and after the specified word or pattern. Note: This option is only available for the Concordance and Raw Grep tools.

Open results in new window
Check this box to display the results in a new window or browser tab. This option is selected by default. Some pop-up blockers may prevent a new window from being opened; if so, un-check the box to open the results in the same window instead.
`*' indicates a required field



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