Research with Google Docs

Many projects require students to conduct research online. Google Docs has a research feature to help students to look for websites. The tool, which conveniently opens in a sidebar of the document, even allows the user to easily create a footnote citation in the body of the document to list the websites used.

NOTE: These instructions are outdated. The Research tool has been removed. It has been replaced with the Explore tool. At this time (03/02/2018), the Explore tool does not include the features listed in this post.

The following steps describe how to search for information, copy facts, and cite the source.

  1. Open your Google Apps document.
  2. From the Tools menu, pick Research.
  3. Type search term into Research box. Click the drop down box and select Everything.
  1. Search for Information
    • Scroll down to Web results.
    • When you find a site you might like, hold the cursor over it.
    • Click Preview to see a preview pane of the site.
Research with Google Docs
  • Click on the page to open it in a new browser tab or close the pane to make another choice.
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  1. Copy Information
    • Scan the site to look for important facts.
    • When you find an important fact, click and drag to select it.
    • Right click and select Copy.
    • Close the browser tab of the website to go back to the organizer.
    • Click in the place in the organizer where the information should go.
    • Right click and select Paste.
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  1. Cite the Source
    • Locate the source of the information in the Research pane. Tip: There is a red bar beside the last site that was previewed.
    • Hover the cursor over the site. Click Cite.
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What happens? A number indicating a footnote appears beside the fact. At the bottom of the page is a citation. It identifies the website where the fact was copied.

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  1. Continue to research your topic.

TechnoMap and TechnoTimeline are designed for use with G Suite or Microsoft Office. Students can use the research tool and apply their skills using these projects.

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