Here are some references to relevant research publications by members of the CREME group.
Hardie, A. (2012) CQPweb – combining power, flexibility and usability in a corpus analysis tool. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 17 (3): 380-409. [alternative link]
Pumfrey, S., Rayson, P., and Mariani, J. (2012). Experiments in 17th century English: manual versus automatic conceptual history. Literary and Linguistic Computing, 27(4), 395-408.