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3 Ways to use the Google Docs Explore Tool

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The Google Docs Explore tool provides users with quick access to the Drive and the web without ever having to leave a document. 

1. Click on the Explore tool icon (bottom right corner of your Doc) and perform a search.  Click on the hyperlink to open a page to a new tab. Want to use an article or website for research? Clicking on the quotation mark adds a footnote with a citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago format. 

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2. Adding images to a document has never been easier. The Explore tool's machine learning assists users in finding images that are relevant to a search.  Clicking on the plus sign instantly embeds an image on a document. Want to know the source of the image? Click once on the image (after it's been added to the document) to view its source. 

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3. By clicking on the DRIVE tab, users can search for related files in Drive. This could be a real time saver in the classroom. 

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The Explore tool is also available in Slides and Sheets with different functionality.  How might your students use the Explore tool this week?