Do quick research in a document or presentation

In a document or presentation, you can research and refer to information and images on the web without leaving the file. This feature is available on computers, Android phones, and Android tablets.

Do quick research on a computer

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Go to the Tools menu > Research.
    • Use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Cmd + Shift + I on a Mac, Ctrl + Alt + Shift + I on a PC).
    • Right-click on a specific word and select Research.
  3. A panel will open on the right side of the page. Start a search by typing into the search bar.
  4. You can narrow your search to specific types of results (for example, images or quotations) by using the drop-down menu in the search bar.

See different types of information

When you first open the Research tool, it may show you topics related to what it thinks you're working on based on the contents of your document or presentation. You can research those topics by clicking them, or you can type in your own search terms in the search bar.

For any topic, you can use the drop-down menu next to the search bar to see different types of information for that topic, including:

  • Everything: Text and images related to your topic from any source
  • Images: Images related to your topic found on the web
  • Scholar: Educational information related to your topic that you can read, add to your file, or cite in a footnote
  • Quotes: Quotes related to your topic that you can add to your file
  • Dictionary: Definitions, synonyms, and antonyms related to your topic
  • Personal: Results from your personal documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and photos that you can open, cite, or link to from your file
  • Tables: Data presented in tables related to your topic that you can open, cite, or export

Do quick research on Android

In a document, you can research and refer to information and images on the web without leaving the Docs app.

Read information from websites
  1. In the Docs app, open a document.
  2. Touch the Edit icon .
  3. In the top right, touch the More icon > Research.
  4. In the search box that appears, search for the information you want.
  5. Touch a web result to open it in the app.
    • Note: On a tablet, you can edit your document while viewing the website by touching your document at the top of the screen. To use the web while editing on a phone, you can go back and forth between touching your document and the blue bar above your keyboard.
  6. To search again, touch the Search icon and type your search.

To close the research tool, touch the X in the top right corner of the tool.

Copy and paste text from the web
  1. In the Docs app, open a document.
  2. Touch the Edit icon .
  3. In the top right, touch the More icon > Research.
  4. In the search box that appears, search for the information you want.
  5. Touch a web result to open it in the app.
  6. Touch and hold text to select it. Use the markers to expand the selected text.
  7. Touch Insert. The text will be pasted into your document.

To open the research tool again after pasting text, touch the blue bar above the keyboard.

Copy and paste link to a webpage
  1. In the Docs app, open a document.
  2. Touch the Edit icon .
  3. In the top right, touch the More icon > Research.
  4. In the search box that appears, search for the information you want.
  5. Choose a web result to open it in the app.
  6. Touch the Link icon .
  7. Choose the text you want to show for the link in your document
  8. Touch Insert.

To open the research tool again after pasting text, touch the blue bar above the keyboard.

Find and insert images
  1. In the Docs app, open a document.
  2. Touch the Edit icon .
  3. In the top right, touch the More icon > Research.
  4. In the search box that appears, search for the image you want.
  5. Touch the Images tab.
  6. Touch the image you want to add.
  7. Touch Insert.

To open the research tool again after pasting an image, touch the blue bar above the keyboard.

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