Research Made Easy With Google Docs
June 15, 2012
Those who write and perform research often come across a sea of messy open tabs that make it difficult to organize their work load. MacWorld recently reported on a new research tool put out by Google Docs that helps eliminate this problem in the article “Hands-on With Google Doc’s New Research Tool.”
According to the article, this new feature allows writers to streamline their browser based research and by making it easier for them to find and cite information while writing. It offers three types of searches: a basic everything search, an image search and a search featuring quotes by or about the topic or person you are researching. There is also a “places” search feature that is not shown in the main menu.
When discussing the “everything search” feature more in depth, the article states:
“The top Web links for a topic are displayed underneath that roster of information. You’re given three option with the links: First, you can “preview” the linked page within the Google Docs page—though you’ll have to open a new tab if you want to conduct a more thorough perusal of the pertinent info. The second option is to create a link to that page directly from the text you’re writing. The third is to create a footnote in the text that cites the link.”
While this exciting new tool doesn’t solve all of our research problems, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Jasmine Ashton, June 15, 2012
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