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Google Drive Toolbox

How can Google Drive support the research process?

Google Drive has a variety of built-in tools that can support every part of your research process, from a reflection essay, to a group project, to a Div III. You can integrate doing research into the process of writing, easily centralize your reading notes, and more. Check out these tools to make research easier with Google Drive:

  • Google Explore: Learn how to use the Explore pane to search the web and refer back to your own other work without having to leave your document.
  • Reading Notes with Google Forms and Sheets: Create "notecards" as you do readings that automatically export to an organized Google Sheet for easy access

Google Explore: Centralizing Your Research and Writing Process

The Explore Tool in Google Drive makes it easy to centralize different parts of the research and writing process. Explore is a side pane that pops up in-document, allowing you to:

  • Search the web for both articles and quick information without leaving your page. Explore also analyzes your document and pulls up suggested content!
  • Use a dictionary or thesaurus for when you've used the same word three times and need to find a new iteration.
  • Search and insert relevant images in-document

Check out these more in-depth guides and tutorials on how you can use the Explore Tool to support your process!

Explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides makes work a breeze — and makes you look good, too

Exploring 'Explore': How Google works for you and your students

Using the Google Docs Explore tool to build better student research (VIDEO)

See and use suggested content in a document

How to use the new Google Explore feature

Reading Notes with Forms and Sheets

You can use Google Forms to collect a lot of different kinds of information, and have the option of exporting and storing all this information in an Google Sheet that automatically updates every time a new response is recorded. One of the useful ways to use this function is to create "notecards" for your readings.

Get started with Forms

Choose where to save form responses

How To Create a Form and Manage the Spreadsheet in Google Docs