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Insert Quotes using Google Docs Research Tool

Insert quotes easily

Looking for a way to give your writing impact? Do you need to find evidence to support your viewpoint? Do you want to strengthen an argument?

Google Docs has a Research tool that searches for quotes. It will display famous sayings made by presidents, celebrities, historical figures, or sports heroes. When a quote is inserted, a footnote is automatically created. Unfortunately, this tool has limited search results at this time. However, when it works, it is an excellent time saver.

NOTE: These instructions are outdated. The Research tool has been removed. It has been replaced with the Explore tool. At this time (03/02/2018), the Explore tool does not insert quotes with footnotes.

  1. Open your piece of writing in Google Docs.
  2. Place the cursor in the document where you would like to insert a quote.
  3. From the Tools menu, click Research.
  4. Type a person or topic name into the search box.
  5. Click the arrow and select Quotes.
  6. Google Docs Research Tool

  7. IF you are lucky, you will get search results.
    Click Insert to add a quote into your document and automatically make a footnote.
  8. Google Docs Research Tool

    Looking for a way to inspire students to write? TechnoNewsletter is a new technology project by TechnoKids Inc. in which students write to a target audience about a curriculum topic. Alternatively they can write about an issue or figure of personal significance. Using the Research tool, students can search for and use quotes to make their writing credible and relevant.

Teach Online Research Skills AND Engage Students!

Teach research skills

Although young people today are savvy Internet users, often their skills are restricted to social media and video and photo sharing sites. Their research skills may be limited to a Google search and clicking on one of the first sites that appear.

Now, more than ever, a wealth of information is instantly available to students through their smartphones, tablets, and digital devices. But research skills are complex. The inquiry process involves critical and strategic thinking, skimming and scanning techniques, and evaluation of sources. Then information must be reworded and summarized, sources must be cited, and the results must be presented in a clear and appealing presentation. Learning an essential research process that can be applied throughout their academic years is critical for today’s students.

TechnoResearch

TechnoResearch is an all new project just released by TechnoKids Inc. that systematically teaches research strategies. Students not only learn foundational research skills, but they are also highly engaged as they create a fun fact card using Google Docs to showcase their knowledge. As they investigate a topic of their choice, students are guided through the research process:

  • Study samples – For inspiration and to gain an understanding of the research project, a collection of completed fun fact cards is surveyed.
  • Ask questions – Use the Research tool and Wikipedia to narrow the focus.
  • Create an outline – Organize ideas using headings.
  • Learn search strategies – Find multiple sources, assess if they are trustworthy and reliable, and learn how and why to cite the source.
  • Paraphrase and rewrite – Summarize and rephrase information to avoid plagiarism. Consider the reading level of the audience.
  • Build Word Processing Skills – Learn formatting techniques and add images to make a unique one page fun fact card.
Teach Research Skills

Using TechnoResearch, students learn skills to create a fun fact card on any topic.

The TechnoResearch technology project includes five additional, optional extension activities to challenge students further and build research skills. The goal of this project is to teach strategies that are transferable to any research project.