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My Favorite Tools, Part 1

This year at MLA, the Educational Media and Technology Section hosted a special content session called My Favorite Tool.  Eighteen participants had 3 minutes to describe their chosen tool and its features for a chance to win a prize!

MLA’s Favorite Tools (in order of presentation)


  • Free; additional pricing levels
  • MDPhD uses AI to turn articles into summaries with key insights and data visualization, sorted by level of evidence.

Jupyter Notebook

  • Free
  • Jupyter Notebooks is an open source web application that allows the weaving together of code, interactive graphical outputs, and narrative text. See examples here.


  • Free (up to 25 responses); additional pricing levels
  • Engage your audience with live polls and immediate display of results, no clickers needed.


  • Free; additional pricing levels
  • Create a channel within Slack’s virtual online community to bring all your team’s project communication and files together in a private searchable archive.


  • Free
  • Enter a Pubmed search or PMID to analyze articles by Author, Journal, Keyword, MeSH, and more using this text mining tool.


  • Cost
  • Browse open source or subscription journals by subject or search via title, save journals to a bookshelf or save articles to your reading list.


  • Free
  • Speed up your browser by consolidating your dozens (or hundreds??) of open tabs into a saved list.


  • Free
  • Create your own video recordings or stream live with this simple, yet high-quality software.


  • Free
  • Expand, collapse, and tag your to-do list, outlines, or other bulleted documents to add organization to your workflow.


But wait!  This is only half the tools!  Check out My Favorite Tools, Part 2 for more tech tools!

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