A SPRINKLE OF TECHNOLOGY
I was VERY sad when Google disabled the Research tool within Docs. This tool was one of my favorite things to show teachers and students - it was pretty much guaranteed to get a "Google can do WHAT?!" reaction. But, over the summer, Google changed the Research feature to Explore and disabled the citation feature. Users could still search for a topic through the Google search engine while in the document, but the automatic citation feature was no longer available.
Luckily, Google listens to its users! After receiving feedback from teachers and students when this citation feature was taken away, Google has now officially added it back into Docs! It looks a little bit different, but it is still basically the same process.
First, open a new Google Doc in your Drive.
Let's pretend that you are writing a research paper over William Shakespeare. You can conduct a Google search over Shakespeare without ever leaving the Google Doc! First, select Tools > Explore. A search box will appear on the right side of the screen. Now, type in the topic that you want to search. This will generate a Google search with live links related to the search request. You can click on any of the links and the page will open in a new tab!
Once you've searched and found the information that you want, you can automatically site the website(s) as a footnote! First, place the cursor where you would like for the citation to be and then hover over the link that needs to be cited. Look for a large " symbol to the right of the link and CLICK IT! The link will be cited AUTOMATICALLY!
The default citation format will be MLA, but maybe you need it in Chicago? Or APA? NO PROBLEM! Scroll up to the top of the search menu and click the three dots on the right side. Click on the format that you would like to use for the citation!
I am a teacher, Digital Learning Specialist, presenter, wife, mom, Google nerd, and life long learner. I am dedicated to finding and sharing easy, quick, and engaging resources for use in every classroom!