Assistive Technology can be used in or out of school to help you complete tasks more quickly, easily, or independently. The tools recommended on this page are available for free or at a low cost and support academic research.
Zotero is a reference management software that helps students collect, organize, and cite sources for research papers and projects. With Zotero, students can easily save references, generate citations and bibliographies, collaborate with others, attach notes and PDFs, search their library, and sync their library across multiple devices.
Compatibility: Windows; Mac; Linux; iOS
More information: Zotero
Pocket is a digital bookmarking tool that allows users to save articles, videos, and other web content for later viewing. With Pocket, students can easily save web pages and online resources to read or watch later, without the need for an internet connection. Pocket integrates with many popular apps and browsers, including Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, and can be accessed from any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Cost: Free or $4.99/month for Premium
Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS; Android
More information: Get Pocket
ZoteroBib is a free, online citation generator that allows users to quickly create bibliographies in a variety of styles without needing to install any software or browser extension.
Users can enter ISBNs, URLs, DOIs, or even search for a reference directly by title, author, or other details. Once the sources are added, ZoteroBib generates a formatted bibliography that can be copied and pasted into a document. ZoteroBib also allows users to switch between citation styles and edit the generated bibliography manually.
Compatibility: Online resource
More information: ZoteroBib
Diigo is a social bookmarking tool that enables students to save, tag, highlight, and share web pages and online resources. It can be used for research, collaboration, note-taking, and self-directed learning. Students can easily annotate pages with notes, comments, and highlights, making it easier to reference important information later on. Additionally, Diigo allows for collaboration on group projects and research.
Cost: Free or $40/year for upgraded version
Compatibility: Chrome Extension; iOS; Android
More information: Diigo
The Evernote web clipper is a browser extension that lets students save web content to their Evernote account. It can be used for research, note-taking, organization, and collaboration. The tool allows students to organize their clips into notebooks, add tags, annotate, and share with others.
Compatibility: Chrome Extension
More information: Evernote Web Clipper
LiquidText is a PDF reader and annotation tool that enables students to annotate, highlight, and organize their PDF documents. It is a useful tool for research, note-taking, collaboration, and exam preparation. Students can take handwritten notes, create bookmarks, and share their annotated documents with others for group projects or research.
Cost: Free for Lite version or one time $30 purchase for Pro version
Compatibility: iOS, Mac, Windows
More information: LiquidText