Questia is an online commercial digital library of books and articles
that has an academic orientation, with a particular emphasis on
books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences.
All the text in all the Questia books and articles is available to
subscribers; the site also includes integrated research tools.
1 Company history
4 See also
6 External links
Questia, based in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1998 and purchased
by Gale, part of
Cengage Learning, in January 2010.
Questia offers some information free of charge, including several
public domain works, publication information, tables of contents, the
first page of every chapter, Boolean searches of the contents of the
library, and short bibliographies of available books and articles on
some 6500 topics.
Questia does not sell ownership to books or ebooks, but rather sells
monthly or annual subscriptions that allow temporary online reading
access to all 78,000+ books, and 9,000,000+ journal, magazine, and
newspaper articles in their collection. The books have been
selected by academic librarians as credible, authoritative works in
their respective areas. The librarians have also compiled about 7000
reference bibliographies on frequently researched topics. The library
is strongest in books and journal articles in the social sciences and
humanities, with many older historical texts. Original pagination has
been maintained. The Questia service also features tools to
automatically create citations and bibliographies, helping writers to
properly cite the materials.
A limitation to the Questia library is that new additions are
available in a "beta" version only. Unlike Questia's earlier
publications, these prevent users from copying text directly from the
website, although one page from the publications can be printed free
of charge. A charge is made for printing a range of pages.
Questia launched their Q&A blog on September 21, 2011. Q&A
is divided into "Education news," "Student resources" and "Subjects"
categories. "Subjects" is further broken down so readers can find
specific content based on their academic needs.
Questia released an iPhone app in 2011, which was extended to the iPad
the following year. Then in January 2013 Questia launched
tutorials, including videos and quizzes, to teach students the
Questia was criticized in 2005 by librarian Steven J. Bell for
referring to itself as an academic library, when it concentrates on
the liberal arts and treats users as customers rather than students.
Moreover, Bell argues, Questia does not employ academic librarians or
faculty. Although some of its employees have advanced library degrees,
they do not work or collaborate with faculty to develop collections
that serve distinctive student populations.
List of digital library projects
^ "Questia Unveils New And Improved Website to
Help Students Write
Better Papers Faster". Equities. Retrieved August 10, 2012. [dead
^ a b c "About Us". Questia. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
^ Gale acquires Questia Archived April 26, 2010, at the Wayback
^ "About Us". Questia School. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
^ "Questia, the Premier Online Research Paper Writing Tool, Launches
Q&A Blog - CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/". Prnewswire.
Illinois. September 20, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
^ "Q&A – Research paper tips from Questia". Questia. Retrieved
August 10, 2012.
^ "Making College Students' Lives Easier: Questia Launches Free iPad
Help Write Research Papers".
Cengage Learning. Retrieved May
^ "Questia Research Tutorials
Help Students Learn the Process and the
Skills Necessary to Write a Research Paper by Improving Writing and
Researching Proficiency". [dead link]
^ Steven J. Bell, "Electronic libraries can't be academic" Chronicle
for Higher Education September 30, 2005
"Official Website". Questia.com.
"Questia School". questiaschool.com.
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