Crow, the Corpus & Repository of Writing, is a web-based archive which supports research and professional development in applied linguistics and rhetoric & composition.

Crow is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Our project is also supported by an ACLS Digital Extension Grant from the American Council of Learned Socities (ACLS).

Using our corpus? Cite us:

Staples, S., & Dilger, B. (2018-). Corpus and repository of writing [Learner corpus articulated with repository]. Available at https://crow.corporaproject.org

Demographic data included in Crow’s corpus come from institutional data where participants are enrolled and/or employed. We recognize that these institutions’ current decisions to categorize gender as binary and country of origin as singular do not fully reflect the complexity of our participants’ identities and backgrounds, and we support advocacy for more inclusive and nuanced institutional data. 


May 2019: Diversifying Digital Writing Archive to Include Spanish Heritage Speakers, Arizona SBS press release about our 2019 ACLS Digital Extension Grant.

June 2019: CUES Fellows to Explore Ways to Transform Teaching and Learning, Arizona press release describing Shelley Staples’s selction as a CUES fellow.

Our goals

  1. Building a corpus and repository of student writing and pedagogical artifacts such as syllabi, activities, and assignments.
  2. Offering researchers and instructors across writing studies (applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition, etc.) a web-based platform for research and professional development.
  3. Developing a database which allows contributors and researchers to articulate connections between corpus and repository.
  4. Providing a means for instructors and researchers to share data (artifacts, writing samples) intra and inter-institutionally.
  5. Providing multiple interfaces which support multiple approaches toward research and professional development.
  6. Supporting research and professional development projects which showcase the potential of interdisciplinary collaborative work.


We hope you find everything on this site works well for you. If not, please let us know (below) and we’ll fix the problem and/or provide the information you need in an alternative format.

Contact us

Crow c/o Bradley Dilger
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Our Purdue lab is in Heavilon 201, shared with Dr. Elaine Francis and the EXLing team.


Unless otherwise noted, site contents copyright © 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 by Shelley Staples, Bradley Dilger, and Bill Hart-Davidson.