How to use Research tool on Google Drive?


If you want to make a Google document informative, you have to do multiple things now. You need to search independently for each of those areas, find relevant information and then come back and update the documents. Isn’t it?

Imagine you have somebody helping you in that. He picks up useful quotes and also lets you search right information while working on document itself. Does that save your time and effort? Yes, this is what Google will do as they have launched a new research tool in Google Drive. You don’t have to search here and there to find this option. It’s right in front of your eyes in Google Drive! Yes, this informative tool is comfortably located on the sidebar of the popular Google Drive. This useful tool comes with all the enhanced features that can help common users to get more informative on topics.


So let’s have a look at this user-friendly tool and see how it can help us.

How to use Research tool on Google Drive?


This tool allows you to find things that might include famous quotes relevant to the content in your document, for example if you are writing on ‘energy consumption’ Google tool will pick up relevant quotes on that topic and display for you to choose from.

  • You can use the search bar and browse for more information on category being chosen

  • The results obtained includes web results as well as images, quotations, maps, reviews and so on

  • The tool makes it much easier for you and other users like you to add information from web to your documents


    This research tool can be seen on the right hand side of the Google Docs

  • For searching, you will just have to start typing in the search bar


    By making use of the drop-down menu in the search bar, you can narrow the search to certain specific types of your favorite category

  • You will also have to take note that you can make use of the back arrow on the left side of the search bar for going to the previous page of the search results

  • The forward arrow can be used for moving forward in the search results you have opted for


    Here is an example. Imagine if you have opted for the ‘best web results’ in the web results category. This is what happens.

    When the research tool shows the web results in the web results category, you will be able to find a number of websites that has relevant information on the category you have chosen. You can preview the sites and choose the ones you would like to add links to in your document as a cross reference.

    For viewing a preview of the website, you will have to choose Preview option for seeing a preview of the website

  • Click on Close for closing the preview whenever you wish

  • You will then have to choose Insert Link for adding a link to the website to the body of the document chosen by you

  • You can also choose ‘Cite’ option for creating a small note regarding the citation of the web result within the body of your document


    For accessing the research tool

    You will have to choose the Research option from the Tools menu

  • You will then have to use a keyboard shortcut

    For Mac is Cmd+Opt+R

  • For Windows PC is Ctrl+Alt+R

  • Finally you will have to right click on a specific word and then choose the option denoted as Research


    Research tool is a good user friendly feature introduced in Google Drive. It is part of Google’s effort to integrate utility products across Google Drive as well as Google+ making the life easier for users. With this tool, you can save a lot of time and also enrich your documents using latest information from around the world in no time.

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