Q Insider: Questia’s creators reveal biggest updates and brand new features

Questia homepageVisit Questia today and you may notice a difference — a BIG difference. Not only does the homepage have a new look and feel, but the entire site and its contents have been upgraded for an improved research experience. For years, students and researchers have depended on Questia to provide high-quality sources coupled with time-saving organization tools; and now, Questia is even better! The website’s redesign includes a larger library, intuitive navigation and search filters for finding research faster, and a new interactive reader that makes it easy to read and organize your work. Senior Product Manager Gary Jeppsen and Executive Director of Technology Greg Hubbard reveal the biggest updates and brand new features you’ll want to know about to get the most out of your research.

Questia has continually adapted to customer needs and behaviors throughout the years, but no other Questia site redesign has been as significant as this one. “The Internet has made huge leaps in recent years in terms of innovation and user experience; and with new technologies, people have found new ways to be more efficient,” said Jeppsen. “We’re introducing a brand new Questia that follows design and use patterns people are familiar with.

Questia’s evolution consists of many changes that you many not individually notice, but together makes a vast difference in the way you’ll better be able to conduct research and write papers. For example, Greg Hubbard highlights Questia’s enhancements and capabilities that will save you time the next time you have a paper due:

  • Site-wide (or global) search from anywhere on the site
  • Search filters with innovative search options to refine your keywords and narrow down your search within specific publications and publish dates
  • Search results are returned in order of relevancy, separated by different tabs depending on media type like books, academic journals, magazine articles, etc.
  • Profile pages with publication details, a synopsis, table of contents and related research have been added to all books and articles
  • Searching within a book or article includes results the sentence the keyword was found in for you to determine the context and whether going to that page is what you need
  • Creating citations and bibliographies require less clicks to generate, making them faster and easier to crank out
  • You can view all your saved work in a panel to the right without leaving the page you’re reading and save it all for future access
  • Look up words from within a book or article with new dictionary and thesaurus tools

With the redesign, Questia also expanded its library to add over 3,000 more books! Hubbard explains, “thousands more will be added throughout this upcoming year because the website’s updated format allows for more content to be added more frequently. We’re also focusing on making more recent content available to users.” Questia currently has over 70 thousand books and 6 million articles, but Jeppsen emphasizes Questia’s accessibility so customers can use it wherever and whenever. “We’re getting in front of students and faculty where they need us, and that means not just the Web, but on mobile devices.” Download the Questia Library app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for free.

The redesign doesn’t end there; it’s just the beginning of a new phase of evolution for Questia. “Students and faculty also have a complete set of original resources and video tutorials to look forward to. These tutorials offer tips and guides for writing a research paper – from how to generate ideas for a paper to finding credible sources to proper citations.” says Jeppsen. “Questia is a full service resource center, providing a deep library of educational materials with the tools and resources to cite sources properly.” Members can take a look at the four research tutorials that are live on the site now, with more to come in the near future!

Hubbard believes that education and research are constantly adapting to the way that individuals learn. “Evolving technology like Questia’s content, tutorials and tools allows learning to be more dynamic and widely distributed. It brings knowledge straight to you, allowing research and learning to be less linear and more customizable.” For example, Hubbard mentions that Questia has grown to be an asset to users outside the U.S. because Questia brings quality content and paper-writing resources to English-speaking readers around the world that may not have easy access to English-speaking libraries.

Questia provides tools to make study life more efficient, reducing the time consuming or even tedious tasks of researching. “We’ve created tools for making the research process more efficient so students can spend their time digesting the research and thinking; analyzing and interpreting information—maximize their time spent learning.”

For complete details and video demos on the new Questia, go to the Questia relaunch page.

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