Game Changer: Citations in Google Docs

The reference/works cited page - in my opinion, the worst part of writing a paper. Thanks to Google Drive, the stress of citations is a thing of the past. With Google Drive and Google Docs, you can access a research sidebar that will do (most of) the work for you.

Once you have your document open, click on "Research" in the Tools menu bar. Click the images to see them in a larger version.

The research sidebar will pop up 

You can search in the sidebar the same way you search in Google, looking at the web, images, quotes, and Google Scholar, and preview the site before you click through.

The best part? Google will automatically insert a link and citation footnote for you. Simply click the "insert link" or "cite" options from the sidebar.

You can even change the citation format - they offer MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. Looking for a properly sourced and licensed image? Google has you covered there too. Just select the image filter for images that are free to use, share, or modify to access results with Creative Commons licensing.

Then all you need to do is gather all your footnotes, alphabetize them, and title your works cited page.  

Like the post title says: game changer. 

Thanks to librarian Lindsey for sharing this great tip!


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