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This Quick Guide reviews some of the Google Chrome browser extensions available to support students in their academic life.

What are Browser Extensions?

Academic browser extensions are small software applications that can be added to web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to enhance the online academic research and writing experience. These extensions provide various tools and features designed to assist students, researchers, and academics in their work. Users can choose from a variety of academic browser extensions based on their requirements and the web browser they use.

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Research and Accessing Articles

  • Google Scholar: This extension adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page.
  • Unpaywall: Unpaywall users read 52% of research papers for free. Here's how: when you browse to a paywalled paper, Unpaywall checks to see if there's a free copy in their database. If there is, you'll see a green tab on your screen...just click, and read!
  • Scholarcy: Scholarcy processes the contents of the current page in your web browser, if it is publicly accessible and not behind a login/paywall. When you click on the Scholarcy extension and choose ‘Options’, you can modify the way Scholarcy processes your content.

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  • ToDoIst: Todoist is a to-do list and task manager. Combining tasks, projects, comments, attachments, notifications, and more, Todoist lets users streamline their personal and team productivity and work more effectively.
  • Speechify: Text to speech from Speechify lets you listen to docs, articles, PDFs, email, and other formats — anything you read. It’s one of the fastest growing voice generator extensions in the Chrome store.
  • Web Highlights: Effortlessly highlight websites, take notes, and bookmark pages. Choose between offline mode or seamless sync with the web app at Enjoy efficient access to your research, highlights, notes, and bookmarks with tags and full-text search.
  • Otto Pomodoro Timer: A Tamagatchi-style Pomodoro timer and website blocker to help you stay focused and be more productive.

Academic Skills

  • Grammarly: Grammarly for Chrome improves grammar, clarity, and more as you write on your favorite sites.
  • Cite This For Me: Use the Cite This For Me icon to generate a correctly formatted citation while browsing the webpage you wish to cite.