How to Help Students Document Research

Published On: August 17th, 2016·By ·

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Have you ever wondered, “What is an easier way to help students document research?” If you're interested in helping students more easily create citations, this tool is for you.

How to Help Students Document Research

Help students document research while using Google Docs.

One of the benefits of using Google Docs in the classroom is the additional help provided by Google via all of the wonderful features of their free word processing tool. Let's take a minute to look a one of these extra add-ons, the Research feature.

In the above 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, Kim Munoz shows how you and your students can use the Research feature in Google Docs to add relevant research to papers, along with the proper footnotes and citations.

Another benefit of using this tool is that it keeps students all in one place while doing their research, because they don't have to leave the page or move outside of their document. This cuts down on potential distractions and keeps students focused on the task at hand.

For more on writing with Google Docs, I highly recommend this online training session from SimpleK12, Improve Writing Skills Using Digital Writing and Google Docs. Explore more of the writing features of Google Docs, all through the expertise of an experienced technology trainer with years of classroom experience. Join trainer Susan Oxnevad as she shows how to use Google Docs to incorporate digital writing into your curriculum thoughtfully. She explains how to utilize the latest Google Docs features fully, such as integrated reference tools and collaborative revision tools to help you and your students embrace digital writing.

Do your students use Google Docs? Do you think they might benefit from the Research feature? Let me know your thoughts in a commend on this article.

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About Our How to Help Students Document Research Presenter
Kim Munoz is an Instructional Technologist for Franklin ISD and a former Bryan ISD middle school technology teacher with over 16 years of teaching experience. She has conducted well over 50 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Kim.

About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at

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