AI tools

In this chapter, we will explore some different AI tools that can be used in academic study and research. This is no way an exhaustive list but will give you a starting point of tools to explore. AI tools are constantly changing and evolving, new tools appear and existing tools may change to premium versions. It is worth looking at a few options, noting that new AI tools arrive daily. Each tool has its own unique capabilities and use cases, so it’s important to choose the right tool for your specific research needs.

  • GenAI tools: Generative AI (GenAI) is a type of artificial intelligence that uses machine learning algorithms to generate new data based on existing data.
  • AI Research Tools: There are many AI-powered tools available for academic research. These tools can help researchers search for research, analyse data, extract key insights, and make informed decisions with greater speed and accuracy.
  • AI Tools for teaching and learning: There are several tools specifically designed for teaching and learning in mind. These help provide teachers with lesson planning support such as producing handouts, questions and presentations. For students there are note taking tools and organisational tools to help you get organised and with time management.


Software such as Grammarly can only be used in an assessment task if it is specifically approved in the Subject Outline. The use of software that is not specifically approved in the Subject Outline may constitute a breach of Charles Sturt’s Student Misconduct Rule 2020 and Academic Integrity Policy. To get feedback with grammar, punctuation or strategies to write more clearly, submit a draft of your assignment to Studiosity.


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Free tools are completely free to use with all features.

Freeware tools include basic functionality for free. Additional features may need to be paid for.

open source

Open source tools are developed in a collaborative manner and can be used, modified or shared openly. This software can be used for free and often includes a lot of support documentation.

paid tool

Paid tools can only be used after purchasing, and agreeing to, a product licence.


GenAI Tools

Key Point

For those considering use of GenAI Tools (also known as GAITs), please be mindful of the university policies/principles and expectations of their use for study and assignments. You can find out more on the Your guide to generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) webpage and the Generative AI: For Study Library Guide.


Tools Summary Help and Tutorials Cost
Anthropic’s Claude 2 Chatbot. A genAI Large Language Model, in open beta and has limited unpaid users. How to use new Claude 2.1
Gemini (Google’s Bard) Chatbot. An internet-connected genAI tool, powered by PaLM2 and it is free. Getting Started with Gemini AI.
How to use Gemini AI - Tutorial for beginners.
Meta AI’s Hugging Face Llama 2 Chat Chatbot. A genAI tool with a user interface provided by Perplexity Labs, free to use. Llama 2 with Hugging Face Pipeline: Tutorial for beginners
Microsoft’s Copilot in Bing Chatbot. A Microsoft search engine now with AI-powered functionality; requires Microsoft sign-in and using Edge web browser software and is free. Can be used to navigate large content (e.g. government websites) for information and locate sources. Can add documents that are held securely, not accessible to others, for use in copilot. Provides its process of thought. How Copilot for Microsoft 365 works
Get started with Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365
Get started with Microsoft Copilot Studio: How to create your first copilot
OpenAI’s ChatGPT Chatbot. A genAI chatbot with the current free public version running GPT-3.5 and the paid ChatGPT Plus accounts having access to GPT-4. Introducing ChatGPT
ChatGPT Tutorial 2024: How to use ChatGPT - Beginner to Pro!
Adobe Firefly Multimodal genAI. A suite of generative AI tools developed by Adobe for generating images. Free or premium plans. Overview of Adobe Firefly
Learn how to use Adobe Firely: 5 minute tutorial
OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 Multimodal genAI. A genAI system developed by OpenAI that can create realistic images from a text description. How to use DALL-E 2: A step-by-step guide
How to use DALL-E 2 to generate images & A.I. Art
Midjourney AI Multimodal genAI. A genAI for creating images, can only be accessed via their official Discord server. Discord Help Centre
Midjourney quick start guide
Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion Multimodal genAI. AI text-to-image generator. How to use Stable Diffusion
Stable Diffusion crash course for beginners
D-iD Video creation platform. Humanises interactions with digital world. Creates agents/avatars which can be used in presentations, videos or to chat with. Getting Started
A step-by-step guide to creating videos with D-iD
Runway v2 Multimodal genAI. Can generate novel videos with text, images or video clips. How to use Runway Gen-2 to create AI videos
Runway Gen-2 ultimate tutorial: Everything you need to know!
ElevenLabs Converts text to speech online for free with AI voice generator. Creates natural sounding voices in any language. Changes your voice with speech to speech. Access Dubbing studio for further editing of voices. Voice cloning guide: how to use our technology safely and follow best practice
How to use ElevenLabs AI to Clone your voice & generate natural speech from text
HeyGPT Chatbot. For when you have reached character limit. Can chat with larger files, websites, etc. Files stored locally and temporarily. Pinecones can be used to store larger files/vectors. Unlock Premium features with a one off fee. No subscription to keep using. Chats with files etc. HeyGPT
You can now summarize files and websites on!
Perplexity Chatbot. Similar to ChatGPT but provides references from recent literature. Free. Does not read PDF's very well. Will this AI tool blow ChatGPT out of the water for research?


AI Research Tools

For those undertaking a more research heavy assessment, honours project or systematic-like reviews, you may benefit from utilising some of the more research focused and literature mapping AI tools. They may make a great research assistant. We have already mentioned some of these throughout this resource but there are many others, and this landscape is constantly evolving! Many of the tools can move to premium versions, so if you get asked to start paying look for alternatives and consider changing or moving between different tools. If you plan on publishing, some further guidance for use of these tools is provided in the “Where to publish: Scholarly publishing & Generative AI” Libguide.


Tools Summary Help and Tutorials Cost
ResearchRabbit A citation-based literature mapping tool. Add relevant seed papers to a collection to receive recommendations for related, or connected, papers. Simple keyword search function also provided. Free to use, login with a free account. Welcome to Research Rabbit
Semantic Scholar AI-powered academic search and discovery tool. AI algorithms assist in discovering hidden connections and links between research topics. New Semantic Reader application contextualises citations and improves accessibility among other features. Free to use, login with a free account. Semantic Scholar 101: search
Connected Papers Creates a graph that maps literature related to an inputted paper. Input using an existing article, or conduct a topic search to locate an article. Search engine is powered by Semantic Scholar. Free tier (offering 5 graphs per month) available. How to use connected papers to find similar and relevant research literature papers/tutorial review
SciSpace Is a comprehensive academic platform providing access to over 200 million research papers. Assists researchers in discovering, understanding, writing, formatting, and publishing their research. Simplifies academic texts and ensures compliance with journal guidelines. Free to use, login with a free account. Introducing SciSpace
Keenious An AI-based tool to help find high quality research papers to enhance your work. Analyses the downloaded article, a link to the article, a selected passage from the article or written text and recommends similar or related content. Find ideas for an essay or article. You can use Keenious directly in Word, through a web browser or in Google Docs. Keenious product video
ChatPDF Can summarise and answers questions about PDF documents users upload onto the site. Free version with limits: 3 PDFs/day amd 50 questions/day. How to use ChatPDF: the AI chatbot that can tell you everything about your PDF
Perplexity A genAI search engine powered by GPT-3. Provides accurate and comprehensive answers to user queries using up to date sources, explores topics in depth to learn new things, interacts with your files and organises threads on topics. Has a copilot feature with specific aims in mind, e.g. academic research, professional research, etc. Getting started
Elicit A genAI academic research tool powered by GPT-3. Use for finding papers, filtering study types, automating research flow, brainstorming, summarising and more. Can add own library (e.g. your own research/research notes etc.). New version can cost money, 5000 free credits to start. Considers what researchers use it for with own work (PDF's. E.g. can extract. Can create columns too for different types of information. Can use to get evidence backed answers quickly. Start your literature review here! Elicit AI research assistant literature review tool tutorial
Litmaps Creates interactive literature maps - collections of articles that make up your different research topics. Free version allows 1 Litmap. Litmaps helps to navigate papers. It can quickly find derivatives/prior works to see what other works have cited seed paper/s. Can see what has happened in research since and where it has moved to, just from a single seed paper. Introduction to Litmaps
Scopus AI Search tool powered by genAI that enhances your understanding and enriches your insights with unprecedented speed and clarity. Available when logged in to Scopus.
Consensus Academic search engine using AI to find insights in research papers. Ask research questions, find relevant answers within research papers, and synthesise the results. AI Research Tools: Consensus
MonkeyLearn Provides text analytics, creates instant data visualisations and detailed insights, supports various types of analysis. MonkeyLearn is a fully featured Artificial Intelligence Software designed to serve Startups, Enterprises. MonkeyLearn provides end-to-end solutions designed for Web App. This online Artificial Intelligence system offers Graphical Data Presentation, Text Analysis, Summarization, Topic Clustering, Taxonomy Classification at one place. Advice and answers from the MonkeyLearn Team
AI guides
Julius AI JuliusAI is a powerful AI data analyst that helps you analyze and visualize your data. Chat with your data, create graphs, build forecasting models, and more. It helps you to interpret, analyze, and visualize complex data in a user-friendly manner, making data analysis accessible to individuals without a background in data science or statistics. How to use Julius AI? A step by step guide
Tableau Allows user to connect to data, create data visualizations, present your findings, and share your insights with others. Various products at different pricing. Can access a free trial. Students and teachers can apply for a free 1 year license. Tableau tutorial - a step-by-step guide for beginners
Microsoft Power BI Turns data into visuals with advanced data-analysis tools, AI capabilities, and a user-friendly report-creation tool. Works with Copilot, an AI tool that create reports in seconds, generate DAX calculations, create summaries, and get answers, all in conversational language. How to use Microsoft Power BI - tutorial for beginners
Get started with Power BI desktop
Polymer Free trial for 14 days. Create visualizations, build dashboards, and present your data like a pro — in minutes. Can work with data across different platforms. Polymer app overview
Akkio Free trial for 14 days. Adds AI-powered analytics and predictive modeling to your service offering, so customers can chat with their data, create live charts and graphs, and predict future trends. It also helps generate reports and predictions. Getting started with Akkio
The complete beginner's guide to machine learning
Copyseeker Helps reverse image search to find images you may want to use and where they came from. Great for locating image rights and illegal copies of users works. AI-powered reverse image search
Reverse image search - things you should know

Only API function has a fee.
Scite assistant Science researcher. Accesses research articles. Assisting in generating easy tables/scaffolds from our inputs to allow for analysis of information early and save time. Free trial 7 days. How does scite Assistant work?
Scite tutorials/guides
Cognosys Free version. Connects to other apps, improves workflow and automates tasks. Provides a variety of sources plus the links to where the information was found (i.e. articles). Up to date (better at finding newer research). Won't replace literature reviews. Agent GPT rival on the browser: Cognosys AI - beginner's tutorial: No code AI agent
Aomni As a research tool, it provides more recent research, shows internal thought process and how it found information and why. Also provides better overview of information. Includes a free trial. Aomni AI research tool: how to use in 2024 (step by step)
Notion Notion is a connected workplace that supports docs, wikis, projects and calendar functions. It helps build and use databases and is designed to support small business, enterprises and personal use. AI has been added to Notion to also help answer questions, summarise information, and act as an integrated assistant. It has an education pricing which is free for students, teachers and student organisations and discounts for teams and schools. Reference
Getting started with Notion AI: introduction and everything we'll cover in this course
Weights and Biases Quickly track experiments, version and iterate on datasets, evaluate model performance, reproduce models, and manage your ML workflows end-to-end. Supports visualisation of data with live metrics, datasets, logs, code, and system stats in a centralized location. Helps analyze collaboratively across your team to uncover key insights and allows for comparing side-by-side to debug easily, and build iteratively. Welcome to Weights & Biases - introduction walkthrough (2020)
A complete Weights & Biases tutorial
Quickstart guide


AI Tools for teaching and learning

Here are a few more AI tools mainly with teachers in mind to help streamline the lesson planning process and save time so that the focus can be more on the time in the classroom not on admin. There are also a few AI tools added here for students who want to streamline some of the processes like note taking. Please note however that when taking away one process, that usually contributes to retaining information, it is a good idea to use that time to implement another learning strategy such as teaching someone else what you learnt. This way you have saved time but also worked towards retaining the information you have learnt.


Tools Summary Help and Tutorials Cost
Otter AI Creates meeting notes. Real time transcriptions. Can use to record collaborative meetings and discussions. Also has a workspace for teams and organisations. Otter quick start guide
Eduaide AI Lesson planning platform. Helps generate teaching resources, streamline administrative duties, creates assessments, adjust difficulty level to meet divers learners, accesses over 15 languages, has a chat function. It also can help provide timely, relevant and actionable feedback. quick run-through
Eduaide - AI for teacher
Goblin Tools Magic ToDo - Input an item you have to do and it generates a list of smaller steps to help manage those big tasks. Formalizer - improves ideas/writing. Judge - helps identify tone of text. Estimates timeframe of tasks. Generates a list of tasks based on random thoughts input. Chef - Write ingredients, dietary needs, serving sizes and anything else needed to get a recipe for what you can cook. What the tech: Goblin Tools Through webpage. App has a small one time fee.
Immerse zone Helps reverse image search using image file or sketch. Searches quotes. How to find similar images with AI
ChatTube ChatTube allows you to chat with YouTube videos in real-time using AI - ask questions, get summaries, pinpoint key points, translate content, and more.
Quizalize Helps teachers create quizzes. Use quizzes in interactive games. Student progress can be monitored and gaps in learning pinpointed with student data tools. Can add follow up activities. Can use others quizzes. How to use Quizalize: the basics
Welcome to Quizalize. All you need to know in two minutes!
TeachMateAI AI-powered digital assistant. AI tools include free access to our Report Writer, Activity Ideas Generator, and Maths Starter Questions — to improve learning experiences while drastically reducing your workload. Supports Australian curriculum Step-by-step instructions
A step-by-step guide  for TeachMateAI - updated summer 2023
Translate Video Generates captions, subtitles, video dubbing, AI voice-overs, records voice, generates transcripts and exports files for video content. Exports of files however require a subscription.
Twee Generates learning resources to use in class. Can generate questions, activities or summaries for youtube videos (5 minutes at a time in the free version). Can generate texts on topics with activities for students to work through in class. Can also help generate tasks to build vocabulary and grammar. Generates homework tasks and tasks to get students talking. Twee: AI tools for English teachers to create EFL lesson plans fast and with minimal effort
AI powered tools for English teachers
Teach AI Generates gamification lessons for student engagement, quiz generation, lesson plans, and other teaching resources. Also provides an AI tutor and automates school reports. Introducing TeachAi: unlocking next-generation educational potential with generative AI
Khanmigo Provides one-on-one tutoring, lesson planning, insightful student feedback, provides suggested next moves for students to improve/complete task, helps students learn code.
Structured Day planner that automatically syncs across devices. Can import calendars, plan recurring tasks and customise alerts. Structured assistant uses AI technology to organise a schedule based on prompts you put in about what you want to do and timing. How to use the structured assistant


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