African American history: The 10 African American politicians who have been researched most often

President Barack Obama, African American Politicians

President Barack Obama (photo by Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project)

Black History Month got us to wondering which African American politicians have been the most influential in African American history. So, we decided to use Questia, our online research tool with a library of more than 77,000 academic books, to compile the top 10 list of which African American politician have been researched most frequently.

Among the African American political figures of our time, you probably guessed that President Barack Obama gets researched the most, but discover who else students and researchers have been studying this Black History Month and throughout the year. We were a little surprised to see that Jesse Jackson was next in line at number two. And a little embarrassed to see that we had not heard of number six, Joseph Rainey. Read more

Questia celebrates Steve Jobs’ birthday with free content on influential inventors

Charles Babbage, inventor of first computer

Charles Babbage, inventor of first computer

Happy birthday to the late Steve Jobs! As a culture, we often take technology for granted and forget the painstaking years that inventors spend creating the machines we use every day. For example, you have Charles Babbage to thank, among others, for your ability to view this text on your computer. In honor of the late Steve Jobs’ birthday on February 24th, Questia, the premier online research tool for students has compiled a list of the top 10 inventors being researched in the Questia library.

To celebrate these inventors’ contributions to our society and Steve Jobs’ legacy, we’ve selected reference works from our library of 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles and are opening them up for free for a month. In addition to the 10 listed below, you might want to take a look at our full list of computer and Internet research. Read more

Honoring African American Artists during Black History Month

Grace Allison McCurdy and Her Daughters, Mary Jane and Letitia Grace, ca. 1804 by Joshua Johnson.

Grace Allison McCurdy and Her Daughters, Mary Jane and Letitia Grace, ca. 1804 by Joshua Johnson.

To continue the celebration of Black History Month, we’re opening up the Questia library to share free content on our five favorite African American artists for a whole month. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to check them out at the references for each artist!

These five artists span African American art from the present back to the 18th century, and all are well-regarded for their specialty. Jean-Michel Basquiat is probably the most famous of the five, receiving the most visibility in the media.

  1. Joshua Johnson (1763-1824) – Joshua Johnson earned a notable name in the folk art community as one of the first African American portrait painters. The son of a slave mother, he became a blacksmith by trade until he gained his freedom, married and started his own family. Read more

Presidents Day: Which ten U.S. presidents are researched most frequently?

George Washington's birthday is celebrated on Presidents Day

George Washington's birthday is celebrated on Presidents Day

We all know that President Barack Obama gets the most attention from the media these days, but we were curious to know which of the past U.S. presidents was referenced most frequently. So, in honor of Presidents Day, we  checked our library for who was being researched the most on Questia.

And, to celebrate President’s Day, we’re opening up the Questia library to make the reference works on these top 10 most-searched U.S. presidents free to you for a month! Have a look and find peer-reviewed journals, essays and autobiographies on presidents plus the thousands more topics at Questia.

Here are our top 10 most referenced U.S. presidents: Read more

Free romance novels online to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Valentine’s Day is almost here and love is in the air, so we’ve unlocked 10 classic romance novels for free from the Questia website—a taste of Questia’s online research tool with over 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles. So take a break to enjoy our free romance novels online!

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: First published in the early 1800s, this book has become one of the most popular novels in English literature. Hopeful romantics will love this story of the five unmarried Bennet daughters finding love through a number of twists and turns.
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare: Though tragic, this story of star-crossed lovers whose deaths finally bring their families together tugs at the heart strings, making it a love story worth the tears. Read more

Top 10 list of Black History Month facts: How many do you already know?

Black History Month founder, Carter G. Woodson

Black History Month founder, Carter G. Woodson

Now well into America’s annual February celebration of Black History Month, we used our trusty online research tool, Questia, to help gather a top 10 list of facts about Black History Month. Some of these facts may be more widely known than others. Just how much do you know about Black History Month?

Here’s our top 10 list:

  1. Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Month in 1926 to highlight the often overlooked role that African Americans played in both American and world history. Woodson went on to be the second African American to receive a Harvard degree. He went down in history as famous for his African American quotes which continue to be widely used in speeches. Read more

Literature research paper topics and research resources for term papers

When writing a term paper the first step is to decide on a topic from the many possible term paper subjects. When writing a term paper (sometimes called a research paper) that’s on the subject of literature, you can choose from many literature research paper topics. Once you decide on your focus, you’ll want to explore literature research resources. Read more

How to write a term paper for your target audience: Your professors and peers

Professor and peersLike the conversations you have with people, it’s not just the message that matters, it’s also the audience. Keep that same consideration in mind as you write your term paper and ask yourself “who’s reading this” and “what message do I want them to receive?” And remember, it’s a person that reads and grades your paper—not a robot, computer or answer key—so tailor your writing to your specific (human) audience. Read more

Art history paper: Topics range from art deco to women artists

Pablo Picasso's painting "The Blind Man's Meal," left, next to an X-radiograph of the painting.

Pablo Picasso's painting "The Blind Man's Meal," left, next to an X-radiograph of the painting. (© Metropolitan Museum of Art/AP Images)

If art history is the subject for your next term paper, doing research won’t be a challenge but narrowing your scope may take some time. The subject of art history encompasses hundreds of topics. Here are some ideas on how you can explore the world of art history.

A range of topics

You can get an overview of the subject and begin to narrow the focus of your art history paper by visiting Questia, the world’s largest online library containing over 77,000 full-text books and 4 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Allow yourself plenty of time because the selection is vast. Topics for art history include: Read more