Google Docs & Slides has a wonderful, yet simple to use “research tool”, where you can look up and insert many different kinds of information related to your topic without ever leaving your document. You can search for images, scholarly information, quotes, synonyms, antonyms, tables of data, and more. Save a ton of time and stop opening up so many tabs by using the research tool.

Step 1: While in your Google Doc, or Google Slide, click on “Tools” and “Research”.

Step 2: Click in the research search box. Next, you can select to search by: “Everything, Images, Scholar, Quotes, Dictionary, and Tables”

Step 3: When researching by Images, you will want to click the down arrow under the search box to modify your search results. Change “Not filtered by license”, to “Free to use, share or modify, even commercially”. Hover over an image to see a preview. Click and drag the image to insert in your document.

Step 4: When searching for quotes, hover over the quote you like, then click “Insert” to add the quote to your document. *Make sure the cursor is positioned in the correct place on your document before you insert the quote.

Below is a quick explanation of the research tools available. This text is from “Google Docs editors Help”-

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