May 28, 2022

Researcher is a New Service from Microsoft Embedded in MS Word

This new resource is an offshoot of the Microsoft’s Knowledge Graph, most likely (we’ve asked) the Microsoft Academic Search (that we like a lot and you might want to take a look at), and Microsoft Academic Graph projects that we’ve posted about many times over the years. Links to two recent posts below.

A new version of MS Academic Search launched as a preview in early March.

From a Microsoft Office Blog Post:

Researcher is a new service in Word that helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your paper in fewer steps. Right within your Word document you can explore material related to your topic and add it—and its properly-formatted citation—in one click. Researcher uses the Bing Knowledge Graph to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information.

We’ll continue expanding Researcher’s body of reference materials to also include sources like national science and health centers, well-known encyclopedias, history databases and more. We’ll also soon bring Researcher to mobile devices so you can start creating a quick outline for that term paper no matter where you are or what device you’re using. Researcher is available today for Office 365 subscribers using Word 2016 on Windows desktops.

We’ve also asked MSFT for more info about the curation process and specifics about sources.

See Also: MS Academic Search Preview FAQ

More About Microsoft Academic Search and Academic Graph

Microsoft Says Their Academic Graph (Bibliographic and Citation Data) is Adding About 1 Million Articles Each Week (May 21, 2016)

Preview Version of the New Microsoft Academic Search Engine is Now Online, API Also Available (February 29, 2016)

UDPATE: Here’s a promo video provided by MSFT.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.