Google has free tools capable of facilitating the production of academic papers, TCCs, monographs and dissertations. You can search for scientific articles on Google Scholar to use as a bibliographic reference, assemble forms for online research on Forms, store information safely in Drive and even share texts with other authors through Google Docs. In addition, the integration between some of them serves to optimize the processes and thus save the student’s time.
The services can be opened directly in the PC browser, such as Chrome and Firefox, but there are also versions for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. Some of them need a Google email account to be used. Check the following list of four Google options to help you create academic papers.
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Google Scholar gives access to a large amount of academic texts – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett
Google Scholar is an efficient bibliographic reference search system for use in academic papers. The interested party can write a theme or word to find different texts to read and use as a source in their projects.
The results show excerpts from the original article, how many times it has been cited in other works and makes it possible to filter the search by date, language and relevance. You can open the results in the browser itself or download the full PDF file. Google Scholar also allows you to save your favorite works and create a user library.
Google Forms creates questionnaires and forms to collect data – Photo: Reproduction / Google Forms
With Google Forms it is possible to create questionnaires for quantitative research, data collection and surveys. The user can enter as many questions as he wants and choose how the answers will be sent: multiple choice, drop-down lists or full answers. The results are collected in an organized and automatic way, with information and graphics in real time.
Another configuration lets you customize the style of the form, with colors and themes, to make it attractive and get more participation and responses. Forms also allow you to include photos and videos in order to illustrate the questionnaire, and add collaborators for a team survey.
Google Drive securely stores data in the cloud – Photo: Playback / Filipe Garrett
Google Drive can be useful to securely archive projects to a Google cloud backup and thus avoid loss of information and advances in texts or even the need for rework. Storing files online can be safer than on USB sticks, external hard drives or computer memory, which can be defective in hardware or software.
The service provides 15 GB of free storage and its paid plans, with greater capacity, have recently been replaced by Google One.
Google Docs allows you to create documents and share them with other users – Photo: Melissa Cruz / dnetc
Documents created in Google Docs can be edited online and synced directly to the Google Drive cloud. This ensures that all work is saved and prevents problems. The editor is complete and has several options for text formatting, as well as Microsoft Word, part of the Office package. Docs also allows you to create spreadsheets and presentations.
In addition, it is possible to share the document with other authors online. The feature serves to work collaboratively on the same file in the cloud, make changes in real time and leave comments on the content.
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