One of the major problems with word processors is that they focus strictly on writing. If youâ€™re working on a report and need to look something up, you have to minimize the program and open a browser to look it up. This can be a hassle, especially if you switch windows a lot. Google has introduced a feature that allows users to conduct research right in the Google Doc theyâ€™re working on.
In order to help make people more productive, Google Docs has a new feature called Research. Say youâ€™re developing a flyer for a new product and need to know if a quote youâ€™ve just used is accurate. Normally youâ€™d have to open another browser tab and search for the quote. With Research, you can simply highlight the quote, right click and select Research. A pane will open on the right side of the document with the search results.
Hover your mouse over a result for a second, and youâ€™ll notice three options: Preview, Inert link and Cite. Clicking Preview will open another pane with a preview of the website. Selecting Insert link will turn your selection into a hyperlink. If you press Cite, a citation will be added to the footnote of the document. To add a picture or map to your document, simply drag the picture over and itâ€™ll be added along with an attribution to the source of the image.
If you donâ€™t see the Research pane on your document, press Ctrl+Alt+R on Windows and Command+Option+R on Mac. You can also select Tools followed by Research from the bar under the title of the document.
Research is a great tool that could make you more efficient. If youâ€™re interested in learning more about other features of Google Docs, please contact us. Weâ€™d be happy to help you.