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AI tools for Research

This guide includes information and suggested Generative AI tools to bolster your research productivity. Generative AI is one type of artificial intelligence (AI) system that generates text, images, and other media in response to user prompts.


The list below include general chatbots which have a free version. 

Bing Copilot and Perplexity draw on up-to-date indexed information on the web when answering questions. 

  • Perplexity is a conversational search engine designed to provide information through a Chatbot-style interface, Provides links to information.

  • Bing Copilot

    Bing Copilot is built into the Microsoft Edge sidebar, you can ask questions, find answers, get summarized information, find inspiration to build upon, in a side-by-side view, with no need to flip between tabs. Compare the outputs of the Precise, Balanced and Creative modes.

The free versions of ChatGPT, Claude and Gemini are general conversational AI assistants which are trained on massive datasets. They do not search the web in real time and rely on their training data which can get outdated. 

  • ChatGPT

    ChatGPT form OpenAI can understand and generate human-like text, engage in conversations, provide information, assist with various tasks. Note that it may contain errors, and that its knowledge cut off is January 2022 (for the free 3.5 version)

  • Claude

    AI Chatbot from Anthropic designed to be ‘helpful, harmless and honest’. Can summarize long text (up to 15,000 words). Doesn't have a fixed dataset like ChatGPT but hasn't got a perfect knowledge of events after 2021.

  • Google Gemini

    Gemini (formerly Bard) is the conversational AI model from Google