Find and add citations to your document

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Tips

Gathering research can be time-consuming. The Explore tool in Google Docs automatically suggests content based on what you’ve written, so you can quickly add citations.

Examples

  • Add citations to your research, papers, proposals, projects, grants, and more.
  • Choose your preferred citation format (MLA, APA, or Chicago).

Use a suggested topic" "

  1. At the bottom of your document, click Explore Explore.

    On the right, you’ll see suggestions based on your content.

  2. Click a topic.
  3. Click links that are relevant to your topic.
  4. Copy and paste any text from suggested content into your document.

    Tip: To clear any text formatting, select the text and click Formatand thenClear formatting.

  5. In the document, select where you want the footnote. Then, in the Explore results, hover over the source you quoted and click Cite Cite as footnote to add a footnote.

Use related research" "

  1. At the bottom of your document, click Explore Explore.

    On the right, you’ll see suggestions based on your content.

  2. (Optional) Click a research item to see the entire contents online.
  3. Hover over a research item and click Add Add to add the text and a footnote.

Search for a topic" "

  1. At the bottom of your document, click Explore Explore.
  2. In the Search box, enter information that is relevant to your citation (book, author, article title, and so on).
  3. Click links that are relevant to your topic.
  4. Copy and paste any text from suggested content into your document..

    Tip: To clear any text formatting, select the text and click Formatand thenClear formatting.

  5. In the document, select where you want the footnote. Then, in the Explore results, hover over the source you quoted and click Cite Cite as footnote to add a footnote.
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