Researching with Google

How to use Google tools to enhance the research experience

How can students use digital tools to effectively find and process information? How can these tools facilitate the process of becoming an information literate researcher?
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Conducting a Google search for information

Become an expert "Googler" by using specific search term operators.


Can't remember the search terms? Just use Google Advanced Search.


Check out this Google Search Cheat Sheet

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My favorites?

Which advanced search terms do I use most often?

  • Site: Search only within .edu sites
  • Region: Searching for "French Revolution"? Try searching in the region of France

Explore within a Google Doc

Now it is even easier to explore using Google Docs. Simply open a Google Doc or Google Slide presentation and use the Explore option in the Tools menu.

Stay Organized

Test Your Skills!

Try the A Google a Day Challenge!


How many points can you achieve? Take a screenshot of your results.

Add-ons for Google Docs

Make Google Docs work for you! Install add-ons, such as:


EasyBib: Create bibliographies in your Doc

Table of Contents: Great for organizing the planning stages of research

Mindmeister: Turn a bulleted list into a mind map. Useful for visualizing planning of research

Highlighting Tool: Use different highlighters and save highlights to a Doc to analyze research


Go to the Add-ons menu in Google Docs and select "Get add-ons..." to install

Other Researching Tricks

Kim Lowden

Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology

Supporting teachers integrating technology into instruction


I can support your technology integration by:

  • Collaboratively planning lessons and units
  • Exploring new tools or updates
  • Integrating technology into existing lessons
  • Team teaching, assisting, modeling with classes or departments
  • Peer coaching
  • Problem-solving and troubleshooting instructional issues
  • Creating and sharing resources