Digital tools for scholarship

Compiled by Alana Kumbier, Hampshire’s Digital Pedagogy Librarian. Contact Alana for more information about these resources, or with suggested resources to add to the list.

Jump to: Writing | Research management | Digital scholarship | Online presence


  • Scrivener – Writing tool designed for working with longer documents (research articles, books, etc.). Combined word processing and research management tool, which allows you to easily keep an eye on what you’re writing, the sources you’re using, your notes, and more. Cost: Approx. $40, academic discount available.
  • Academic Writing Club – Online writing group with several nifty features: tools to track your daily writing output, frequent check-ins with fellow group members, and access to writing coaches. Fee-based, monthly subscription
  • Use Google Calendar to keep track of your daily writing (for yourself or as part of a group). You just need a Google account to set up a calendar.

Research management

These tools help you generate bibliographies, keep your PDFs in one place & organized, allow you to tag item records (so that you can easily see all articles or resources on a given topic), and facilitate sharing libraries with colleagues or a group

  • Zotero (this is the tool the Hampshire College Library & IT staff supports) – Free
  • Citation Manager Comparison Chart from the University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries, if you want to explore other options

Track citations of your work

  • Google Scholar can tell you how many times your work has been cited, and by whom. Simply do a search by title. You can also create alerts so you’ll be notified when new citations appear.
  • AltMetric – Install the AltMetric bookmarklet in your browser to get article-level data for publications. Note: for now, this tool only works for PubMed, arXiv or pages containing a DOI.
  • More information about altmetrics from the Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Digital scholarship

Find tools to match your project:

  • DiRT – A Registry of digital tools for scholarly work. Search for tools to use based on what you want to do (e.g., mapping, editing images, transcribing, writing collaboratively, etc.)
  • DH Toychest: Digital Humanities Resources for Project Building – A wiki by Alan Liu, with a page of tools organized by function (what the tools allow you to do), examples of DH projects, and tutorial resources for self-directed learning.

Examples of digital humanities/digital liberal arts projects:

Developing your online presence

Share your work without developing a blog:

  • – Easily share pre-print (or open access) versions of your papers, or even just information about your work. Create links to videos, upload syllabi, or connect all of your academic-social media in one place.
  • Concerned about copyright restrictions on your work? Check in with Alana before you share.

Start a blog:

  • If you are a faculty member interested in setting up a site using Hampshire’s supported version of WordPress, send an email to and our IT staff be happy to assist you.