Boston University has a comprehensive license for Read&Write GOLD, literacy software that helps students with reading, writing, research, and organization. The award-winning Read&Write GOLD is helpful for students of all abilities, combining many different accessibility and organizational tools in a single, easy-to-use toolbar.

What is Read&Write GOLD?

Read&Write GOLD works with popular software applications — including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer (features available on many browsers via plugins), and more — to facilitate literacy, language learning, research, and good organizational habits. Its powerful tools designed to help with everything from translation to paper editing make it useful for any student.


  • Reading – text-to-speech tools, PDF reader, pronunciation tutor, translator, and more.
  • Study and Research – including a vocabulary list builder and fact mapper.
  • Writing – spelling and verb checkers, speech-to-text, and other helpful self-editing tools.

Software Requirements


  • Windows XP SP3 or newer
  • Pentium 4 2.4GHz recommended or better
  • 1GBRAM or more (at least 2GB is recommended)
  • 5GB free disk space
  • Speakers, a sound card, and a microphone (for speech input)
  • Internet connection (for some features)
  • Adobe Reader 10 or newer or Acrobat Version 10 or newer

Mac OS X for Read&Write GOLD 6

  • Mac OS 10.7 and above for Read&Write GOLD 6
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz processor or better
  • 4 GB RAM or more
  • 4 GB of free disk space
  • Speakers
  • Internet connection (for some features)
  • Adobe Reader or Acrobat Version 9 or above

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