Microsoft Word Update To Help Students Write Research Papers Easier


The latest Microsoft Word update has just made it easier for students to write their research papers. This month, the tech giant will be rolling out a new feature to their word processor program.

The Verge reported that Microsoft is still continuing to add new and interesting features to Word. The new tool, named Researcher, will utilize Bing Knowledge Graph to collate content from the web and bring them to users - all without leaving the program.

The tech giant has curated a list of trusted sources and reference materials. It is expected that the database will expand over time. According to Mashable, a bigger variety of sources such as encyclopedias, national health and science centers as well as history databases may be available soon.

Moreover, the Microsoft Word update will automatically create the citation in the users' bibliography once a source material is added to the document. Researcher will be available immediately to students who are using Office 365. The tech giant will be bringing the feature to mobile versions of Office.

Venture Beat noted that the Microsoft Word update will also add a new feature, called Editor, alongside Researcher. This particular tool will help users improve their writing by suggesting modifications.

The feature will be checking the document for issues such as wordiness, non-inclusive language, differences in tone, lack of consistency in hyphenation as well as other technical areas, jargon, clichés and the use of double negative.

"We wanted to go far beyond the current spelling and grammar capabilities and focus more on what you did wrong and how it should be fixed," Microsoft Office senior product marketing manager David Alexander told the publication. The Microsoft Word update will be rolled out next month.

Alexander added that Editor will begin flagging words with "squiggly lines" underneath text in Word in the fall. He also admitted that Researcher will not work offline and that "it's not just web search."

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