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ProQuest Flow: ProQuest Flow Add-On for Google Docs

Guide to using ProQuest Flow

Installing the Google Docs Add-On for Flow

The Flow for Google Docs Add-on can be found by clicking "Get Add-on" in your Google Doc or by clicking here.

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Flow Webinars

We offer several webinars on many different topics each month. Below are links to our schedule of upcoming sessions and recordings of recent ones.

Upcoming sessions and recordings:

For Users

For Administrators

 

We also offer a series of brief video tutorials:

Flow Training Videos

ProQuest Flow Add-on for Google Docs

Flow offers two optional tools to help you write your paper -  ProQuest for Word (which works with Microsoft Word) and the ProQuest Flow Add-on for  Google Docs (which is covered in this article).  You can also create a simple bibliography from your references right in your Flow account.  

Any additions, changes or deletions you make in your Flow account are automatically synched with the Google Docs Add-on.  Note:  changes are NOT made to any in-text citations or the bibliography in your document.

Installing the Google Docs Add-on for Flow

  1. Open a blank document and select “Add-ons”, “Get Add-ons” and search for “ProQuest Flow”.  Once you find it, just click on the “free” button to add it.

     2.  You’ll be asked to “accept” certain conditions of using the add-on:

 

     3.  Once you have accepted the conditions, you’re brought into your new document and are ready to start writing your paper. 

 

Working with the ProQuest Flow Add-on for Google Docs

  1. Start writing and when you are ready to insert your first citation, select “Add-ons”, “ProQuest Flow”, “Manage Citations”. 

  1. If this is your first time using the Flow add -on, you’ll be asked to log in to your Flow account.   If you do not have a Flow account, you can sign up and receive access.  You must have an affiliation with an academic institution and use your institutional email address to register.  Gmail, Yahoo, and other commercial email addresses are not allowed.  Once you’ve logged in, you don’t need to log out unless you’re on a public computer.

 

 

  1. The right-hand pane will change, defaulting to your Flow “All references” view.

 

  1. If you want to work with a Flow collection of references, just click on “All References” to see your list of collections.  Choose the collection with the references you need for your paper.  You can also use the “search” option to search for specific references.  The search options searches all fields.

  1. You can start writing your paper and when you are ready to cite a reference in Flow, click on the citation and click the “cite this” button.   The in-text citation will be inserted (using the last output style you used in Flow).

  1. There is also a citation editing option.  Click “Edit and Cite” to add page numbers, hide the author name, or hide the publication year in your in-text citation (dependent upon the output style you are using).   You will also see a preview of the in-text citation and your bibliography entry.

 

Continue to add citations and watch your bibliography update right in front of you. 

You can also add footnotes (make sure your output style supports them!) by using Google Docs footnote option (Insert, Footnote):

 

Changing your output style:

There are two ways you can change your output style for your paper:

  1.  In the Flow pane in your document, click on the “options” icon   and select “Change citation style”

  1. Or you can select any reference from the list and click the “Cite and Edit” button and change the style:

Note:  Custom output styles are currently not accessible.

Deleting or changing citations

  1. Highlight the citation you wish to delete and use the backspace key or delete key to remove it.
  2. Insert the new citation (if applicable).
  3. Click on the “options” icon  and select “Update document”.  Your document will refresh and the bibliography entry will be removed or updated (if you added a replacement citation).

 

Any additions, changes or deletions you make in your Flow account are automatically synched with the Google Docs Add-on.  Note:  changes are NOT made to any in-text citations or the bibliography in your document.

Collaborating with others

Google makes it easy to collaborate with others on your paper.  Now you can take that a step further, by collaborating with other Flow users!

Share your document with anyone who has a Flow account and in addition to adding and editing text to your document, they can also add in-text citations and footnotes from their Flow account.   

There are two ways you can share your document with others:

 

To share your document with someone who does NOT have a Flow account:

1.  Click the share icon ‚Äč.

2.  Enter the name of the person you want to share with:

3. The person will receive an email with a link to create a Flow account and then access your document with the “can edit” permission (you can modify the permission by clicking on the Share button and selecting “can comment” or “can view”).

You can even collaborate using the same set of references by sharing your Flow collection with your collaborators.  Read more about sharing a collection.

Note:  Anyone you share with can also delete in-text citations you included in your document however, they cannot delete references from your Flow account.

 

To share your document with someone who has a Flow account:

  1. Click the Share button  in the upper right-hand corner.  The “Share settings” box will open:

 

  1. Change the access setting if desired (the default setting is “specific people”).

  1. Enter the email addresses of the people you wish to share the document with.  If they do not have a Flow account, they will be asked to create one.

You can even collaborate using the same set of references by sharing your Flow collection with your collaborators.  Read more about sharing a collection.

Note:  Anyone you share with can also delete in-text citations you’ve included in your document, however, they cannot delete references from your Flow account.        

 

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