AI tools

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are becoming increasingly useful for studying, researching, writing and presenting. 

We recommend trying out different AI tools to develop your understanding of them. All AI tools should be used appropriately and with care. Before using any AI tools read our general advice. 

General advice before using AI tools

Examples of AI tools

Our collated list of example AI tools provides a starting point. We have organised our list to highlight different potential uses for AI, but some tools can serve multiple purposes.  All offer free-to-use options at the time of writing, although there might be limits on the features available or how much you can use them without paying.  

Literature search


A search service that lets you type in a research question and uses AI to match it to papers without you needing to provide alternative search terms or synonyms. It provides summaries of abstracts and lets you analyse papers by method, outcomes and more. 


Finds research relevant to a given question, highlighting key sections that provide potential answers, and indicates how much agreement there is in the literature. It can help you quickly grasp insights by providing ‘study snapshots’ and indicators of how often a paper has been cited. 

Summary or document Q&A


Summarise long documents into concise overviews, extracting key points and conclusions. Claude can also answer specific questions about document contents by analysing the text and providing relevant responses to help with the understanding of academic literature. 


Automatically summarises documents you upload, and allows you to ask questions about the content – it will even suggest questions to help get you started. Answers provided include citations from relevant sections in your documents to let you trace the source of insights.  

General search

Microsoft Copilot

Formerly known as Bing Chat, Microsoft’s AI assistant can perform web searches and provide links to results, which some AI chat services can’t give you. It is built-in to the Edge web browser and is also accessible from the Bing search engine.  


A chat-based AI that searches the web and gives you answers to your questions, with links to where the information was found. It also suggests follow-up questions to help you explore areas further.  



Reviews spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes in English texts. Can be accessed online or plugins are available to check within Word, Google Docs and Outlook.  

ChatGPT 3.5

The free version of ChatGPT can give general feedback on your writing and suggest improvements, as well as make corrections to spelling and grammar. You can also use it to adjust the tone for different audiences, plan outlines and brainstorm ideas.  

Image generation


This design platform includes an image generator in its Magic Media app. Use words to describe the type of image you need, and use the style and shape options to further adjust the results you get.  


Generate images with text prompts to get results in a wide range of styles – including various types of illustrations and photo-realistic scenes. Includes the option to copy the text prompts from already-created images on the site.  

Presentation generation


Creates visually appealing presentations, documents or websites. Type in text prompts to describe what you need, then Gamma’s AI will generate complete slides in seconds. The results can include text and images, which you can edit.  


The free version gives you credits to create slides and suggest wording and structure for your presentation. The built-in AI chatbot function will ask you questions about your presentation to get better insight into what you’d like to present.  

Ethical concerns

There is a debate about the ethics of using some AI tools: 

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