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Google Drive is a platform that offers two distinct functions. Just like its predecessor Google Docs, Drive continues to offer Web-based office applications with storage in the cloud, which features sharing and collaboration options. The new addition to the platform is a file storage system that synchronizes to a local folder that the user installs, enabling files of many types to be stored and accessed through a Google account. The authors examine the major functions of Google Drive and consider it in light of competitors. In addition, the authors discuss Google Drive’s utility for library staff and as a collaborative tool that can support students’ academic work and learning.

Affiliations: 1: Loyola University New Orleans 6363 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA 70118 <>, Email: 2: Oberlin College 148 W. College Street Oberlin, OH 44074 <>, Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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