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

You may have heard us mention in the past that Questia is the premier online research and paper writing resource. Well, things have gotten even more interesting! The recent Questia relaunch has a wide variety of new and exciting features to offer students and researchers of all ages, as the entire site and its contents have been upgraded for an improved research experience.

Questia has helped students find and cite high-quality, scholarly research since its founding in 1998. Combining a deep library of online books and articles, easy-to-use search engine and time-saving tools, Questia will help you research smarter, faster.

Questia has always offered high quality sources selected by librarians and approved by professors, many of them peer-reviewed! Our library contains high-quality scholarly books, journal articles, and magazine and newspaper articles. With more than 75,000 academic books and more than 9 million articles from hundreds of the world’s leading publishers, Questia is your single destination for academic and professional research – and nothing is ever checked out!

The Questia library contains books and journal articles on subjects such as history, philosophy, economics, political science, English and literature, anthropology, psychology, and sociology. It also includes magazine and newspaper articles.

Questia Librarian Nancy Buchanan reveals more of the biggest updates and features you’ll want to know about to get the most out of your research.

As students around the world prepare themselves for the final term papers of the semester, many find themselves at quite a loss on where to begin. Buchanan recommends heading to Questia’s collection of in-depth research topic pages for help in selecting your topic and sources. “Our topic pages provide students and researchers alike with great resources categorized by subject. These topics link users directly to high-quality sources that were all hand-selected by librarians,” said Nancy. This means you can be sure that everything you’re linked to is relevant to your assignment topic!

With all the exciting changes and additions, Buchanan would like to remind students that Questia has thousands of in-depth research topic pages, with each of those topics containing links to librarian-selected books and articles about the topic. “It’s a great starting point for students to brainstorm ideas for their research papers. We have a vast array of topics for a wide range of subjects — everything from art and history to science and sociology topics.”

With the relaunch of Questia came thousands of new scholarly books as well as academic journals and magazines. The Science TeacherThe Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek are just a few new publications you’ll find on Questia. And that’s not all. “We’re always continuing to add books and periodicals to Questia. We’ll also be adding new books from a wide range of our existing, highly respected academic publishers.” In addition to that, she reveals that Questia will also be striving to increase the currency of the collection with newer titles.

With all the additions, it’s a wonder how Questia goes about selecting all this hand-picked, librarian-approved content. Nancy Buchanan explains the criteria that go into choosing new content:

  1. Subject: Will our users find it valuable?
  2. Treatment of subject: Is the theme treated appropriately for our users? Is it education-based, rather than a “how-to” or overly general?
  3. Credibility: Are the authors, publishers and contributors all good for student research?
  4. Timeliness: Is the content as up-to-date and relevant as it ought to be?
  5. Lasting value: Is this content going to be something readers will want to reference for years to come?

As students dive into this wealth of quality information, Buchanan still reminds that it is essential to further evaluate the research for their own purposes. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Given my topic, is this book addressing my topic?
  2. Does it add value and importance?
  3. Is it timeliness enough for my paper? Should not just mention or brush the top level of the topic.
  4. If you’re searching outside of Questia, is it credible? If you can’t find info on the author and you can’t find it in the book, you can often find it online. If it’s a scholarly source, try to find out where does this person teach, what else have they written in the past, what are their credentials?

With all the exciting changes and additions to Questia, it’s important not to forget the innovative tools that users have come to know and love, such as the highlighting and note-taking tools, citation tools and the ever-popular bibliography tool. “We support MLA, APA and Chicago Notes Bibliography. Style requirements change nearly every year and it is important for students to stay up to date. Questia formats your bibliography correctly with the most up-to-date style manuals,” Buchanan notes.

With the new and improved Questia, students can be sure they’re getting high-quality sources and using the best research and paper-writing tools available. Questia helps students to write better papers faster.

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