Category: Thing of the Day

A round-up of the bizarre and brilliant of the web corralled by the University of Portsmouth Library.

Plug-ins to simplify your life

Even the most cluttered web page can be made accessible by employing a handful of free web browser plug-ins.  Strip out advertising, images, side-bars and more, run it past you one word at at time, or just get your browser

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Get app happy and enjoy your studies your way!

No two people learn exactly the same way, and so we try to support you however you choose to study.  Take a moment to explore the suites of apps that can record and annotate your lectures, make websites more readable, read text

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Customising Chrome to make the web easier to read

There are many free downloads for the Google Chrome web browser.  Some of the plug-ins and extensions available from the Chrome Web Store render the web easier to read and understand, particularly if you struggle with large blocks of text or distracting

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GoConqr the world with mind maps, quizzes, flashcards, notes…

GoConqr is an innovative app that allows you to create, save, share and embed mind maps, quizzes, flashcards and notes.  However you like to study and revise, this app offers you tools to help you on your way. Find out

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Portsmouth Municipal College during the First World War

The story of life during the Great War at one of the University of Portsmouth’s predecessor institutions, as glimpsed through the student press. Although only having opened in 1908, by 1913 the staff and students of Portsmouth Municipal College were

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Picture this! Collect, arrange, add text and scribble on images with PicCollage

Pic Collage is a free photo editor and collage creation app useful for creating and annotating field trip photo albums, drawing and adding text to mark important features, research and illustrate design concepts, and even create visually appealing infographics and conference or

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Check your grammar while you type with Ginger and Grammarly

Are you distracted by the nagging feeling that your grammar might be letting your work down?  As with so many things, there is now an app (or several) for that!  Two popular free apps that check your grammar while you

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Free print to screen reader conversion and workspace integration apps

Office Lens allows you to photograph printed text and convert it into plain text in one step and integrates seamlessly with OneNote, a free app for Windows and mobile devices that can be used to collate and organise your notes, photos and images.  Once a

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From listless to lists: apps to help you take control

Love lists?  Use them to manage your projects.  Add list items, reorder and reprioritise tasks, colour-code, tag, debate, add checklists and move them to other lists.  Group them on boards and link boards together, with entire boards full of sub-project lists.   The possibilities

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Listen to the printed word

Ever wished that you could have someone read printed books and journal articles to you?  Now you can!  Robobraille can convert text to speech in minutes.  Submit your text and it will email you the file in the format of your choice,

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