Google Docs just introduced a new update last week that they’re calling the “Research Tool”, which allows you to get more information on any particular subject within Google Docs itself. You can search for particular text, or highlight text in your document and research it.

1. Within a Google Doc, click on Tools, then research.

  • This feature can also be reached through the keyboard shortcut CTRL+ALT+R.
  • The research tool window will then open on the right of your page.
  • You can search for whatever you would like by typing it into the bar at the top of the window.
  • Scrolling down the window provides search results that you can preview, insert as a link, or cite within Google Docs.

2. Another way to utilize this tool is to right click selected text within a Google Doc.

  • From there, the selected text will be searched in a similar window on the right-hand side.
  • You can also select from quotations, images, or everything from the search bar at the top of the window.

Is anyone else out there finding some interesting uses for the Research Tool? If so, let us know in the comments section below as well as if you have any questions or ideas for new videos. Thanks!


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      Hey Kyle! Thanks for the comment. The Research Tool should be live in all Google Apps for Business accounts set to the “Rapid Release” schedule. Accounts set to Scheduled Release should be getting it in a month or so. You can always switch from Scheduled to Rapid Release from inside the Google Apps Control Panel, under Domain Settings > General > New User Features.

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