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Google Docs: Insert Footnotes Easily With New “Research” Feature

Google introduced a new features to Google Docs, its cloud-based word processor, recently. It allows you to quickly do a google search on a word or phrase that you highlight in a document you are editing and then insert a footnote to a web page you find. Here is what a footnote to an item in FDSys looks like:

1. “Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster And The Future Of Offshore …” 2011. 22 May. 2012 <http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-OILCOMMISSION/content-detail.html>

And here is a cite to the same item in WorldCat:

2. “Deep water : the Gulf oil disaster and the future of offshore drilling …” 2011. 22 May. 2012 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/deep-water-the-gulf-oil-disaster-and-the-future-of-offshore-drilling-report-to-the-president/oclc/696156233>

The Chronicle has an article about the new google feature here:

Incidentally, I chose the Deep Water example because it is highlighted in a GPO press release about GPO teaming with Barnes & Noble to sell federal eBooks.

GPO makes eBooks available in partnership with Google’s eBookstore, OverDrive, Ingram, Zinio, and other online vendors.

That’s right: you can buy an ebook or download a PDF from FDsys for free. I’m not sure who is getting the worse deal: the vendors or the public…

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