Mozilla Firefox browser addons for communicators, journalists, and writers: Part II

Update: This list is now curated, is social, is shareable, and is embeddable. See it and contribute to it at

This blog post is part of this series about Firefox addons useful for writers, communicators, journalists, et al.

Previous post showcased many addons helpful for handling content. In this part I am compiling the addons for doing research, taking notes, referring to a dictionary, and translating.

Fx addon Description
Read It Later Save pages to read later with just one click. When you have time, access your reading list from any computer or phone, even without an internet connection.
QuoteURLText Quote URL text will copy selected to the clipboard including metadata about the page (Page Title, Location and date of copy). It provides options for plaintext or rich text copies. Advance formating (available from Tools -> QuoteUrlText) allow users to format the order of the URL, Title, Date and Quote as they need.
Zotero Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. .
ScrapBook Helps you to save Web pages and organize the collection.
Evernote Web Clipper Use this extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account. It provides a toolbar button and context menu to add an article, selection, URL or an entire page. Clips to your native Evernote client by default if it is installed.
Answers’s 1-Click Answers™ saves you time by instantly delivering the information you’re looking for. Point at any word, hold the Alt key (Ctrl in Linux) and click. A pop-up will appear on the screen, explaining the term.
QuickFox Notes QuickFox is a multi-tab note taking solution for Firefox and Thunderbird that employs the integrated bookmarks system or a single sqlite database to store notes. That is, if you already have either a bookmarks synchronization add-on (e.g.: XMarks) or a file synchronization software (e.g.: Dropbox, SugarSync, Syncplicity), your notes will be synchronized automatically, no more setups!.
Diigo Toolbar Enable multi-color highlighter and post-it notes as your reading aids; Capture the whole page or any portion to share or archive; Save everything online to allow access anywhere. See Youtube
Diigolet Diigo addon, described above, is a full-featured toolbar for power users. If you like a light-weight solution, you may prefer Diigolet instead.
Dictionary – Dictionary definitions at your fingertips. Select word, click on toolbar button and tab will open with explanation on With this add on you can look up words in dictionary and thesaurus at and or check the spelling at
ImTranslator – Online Translator, Dictionary, TTS ImTranslator provides the access to online translation powered by Babylon, Google, Microsoft and other translation engines for over 50 languages. ImTranslator includes dictionary, text-to-speech, virtual keyboard, spell checker, back translation.
Wiktionary and Google Translate (formerly Google Dictionary and Google Translate) In-line dictionary for any word you point to or double-click; whole page translation of any web page in another language.
FoxLingo – Translator / Dictionary Web page and text translator, dictionary, grammar checker, auto translation, text-to-speech, and language learning services. Supports over 3,000 unique language pairs and 31 online translators, including Google Translate, Wikipedia, and Babylon. Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian.
WhiteSmoke Dictionary Utilities Find definition, translation and check grammar for the selected text using WhiteSmoke online service.
Dictionary Search a word in various dictionary sites. You may select a word on a page and right click to search or copy/paste into the box in the status bar.
Dictionary Switcher Toggles dictionaries automatically or manually and displays the currently selected one. By default, dictionary switcher was added to the status bar, but it is not present in most Mozilla browsers newer than FireFox 3.6. To use dictionary switcher in them, it must be dragged from the toolbar customization palette and dropped on the preferred area of the user interface.
British English Dictionary This extension packages David Bartlett’s British English Dictionary R1.19 for Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.
Dictionary Tooltip Press ctrl+shift+K (or) double-click to see its meaning. This extension is ideal for those who doesn’t like to switch their window to see the meaning of a word.
Urban Dictionary Search using Urban Dictionary. Urban Dictionary is the slang dictionary you wrote. Define your world. Dictionary Dictionary of American English: This dictionary has a very nice Web 2.0 browse interface. It contains definitions/meanings, audio, phonetics, usages and other information. Searched word can be added in the personal word-list.
Google Dictionary Google Dictionary is a dictionary service introduced by Google on December 2009, and is now used by Google as the default dictionary. This search plugin looks up the definition of a term using the English version of Google Dictionary.
SnappyWords Visual Dictionary Snappy Words is an online interactive dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find meaning of words and draw connections of other associated words. Type a word to find other associated words and their meanings as they branch of from the main word. It’s a great way to learn new words, quick definitions and discover associated terms in a visual interactive display. Dictionary Search Allows you to easily search definitions and articles on Techopedia’s IT dictionary.
HyperTranslate Advanced inline translator: Select the text then press selected key to translate selection.
Easy Google Translate (Now Talking!) Translate the selected text quickly and easily. Just select text and press ‘CTRL’ 2 times and DONE!!! Your translation will appear above the mouse in a balloon with a button to talk your translation. Quick and Easy!
Gesture Translate With Gesture Translate you can translate any text in a webpage just by full circle or zig and zag mouse movements. The translated text will be showed in the status bar.
gTranslate With gTranslate you can translate any text in a webpage just by selecting and right-clicking over it. The extension uses the Google translation services to translate the text.
gTranslate With gTranslate you can translate any text in a webpage just by selecting and right-clicking over it. The extension uses the Google translation services to translate the text.
My Translator (Google Translate) One click translation! Select text and get translation directly in your context menu! No more digging in menus, or any other hard ways! . Unlike others this one is really intuitive and useful, still left simple.
Facebook Translate Translate status updates and comments on Facebook. Seamlessly integrates into Facebook.

Do share your favorite addons for researching and note taking in the comments below.


Author: AshishG


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