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Tips and tricks on how to write a research paper

Student Research Paper Advice

Reinventing Research student blogging contest finalist
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When my professor proposed a research project, I panicked. One student actually dropped the course, so great was her fear. We were told to utilize Chicago Manual. What was that! It is often used by historians and built into MSWord. (Make sure you have a version of MSWord the professor can read. Anything less than 2000 may need to be upgraded). I remember trying to precisely place footnotes with a manual typewriter. One tiny error and your whole paper was ruined. Now MSWord lets you create footnotes, and bibliographies using any style. Another feature I like is being able to cross-reference with a single keystroke. Read more

College advice for writing effective arguments

Reinventing Research student blogging contest winner

Congratulations, Nadine!


Student Research Paper Advice

Reinventing Research student blogging contest WINNER!
Voters chose Nadine to win the grand prize of $250!

Oh, I don’t know what to write about? How shall I start? What do I do when I get stuck? Where shall I stand from my topic? How shall I convince my audience?

These are some of the questions that could conquer the writer’s mind and prevent her from writing at ease. You may at times try to write and find that you have nothing to say. In fact, good writing is focused, organized, and concrete. Effective essays are written in style and tone that are suited to both the audience and the writer’s purpose. These are sound principles, all well known to you. But how, exactly, do you achieve them when writing an argument? If you accept the notion that you learn about your ideas as you write, then you will accept the notion of writing as a process. Read more

2013’s Most Valuable Professors Competition by Questia awards effective professors with scholarships in their names

Professors from California Lutheran University, Clarke University and The College of New Rochelle voted college students’ favorite instructors in the nation

This spring, college students from around the country were given the rare opportunity to nominate and vote for their Most Valuable Professor. Today, with a combined total of over 2,500 votes, the three winners are announced. Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Laurie Looker – California Lutheran University
  • Prof. George Towific – Clarke University
  • Dr. Veronie Lawrence-Wright – The College of New Rochelle Read more

2013’s Most Valuable Professors Competition — Nominate and vote, time’s running out!

Most Valuable ProfessorsHave a truly exquisite professor that enriched your life for the better? There’s still time left to nominate and vote for them to win the title of MVP — Most Valuable Professor! By doing so, you’ll automatically be entered to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards and they’ll be up for a chance to win a  scholarship in their name.

College scholarships created in honor of MVPs! Read more

2013’s Most Valuable Professors Competition — Nominate an MVP!

Most Valuable ProfessorWhile we may complain from time to time about our homework loads, we all know that truly exquisite professors can enrich our lives for the better! So which professor has helped you score the best education? You can nominate your very favorite professor for MVP — Most Valuable Professor — and by doing so you’ll automatically be entered to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards! Read more

Want to try a free month of Questia? We’ll trade our research for yours!

Questia AppIn case you haven’t noticed… We have a new app! And with access to over 75,000 books, 9 million articles, and 7000 research topics we think we did a pretty good job designing it to help you write better research papers faster! But we want to know what you think, and the best part is we’re choosing ten of you at random to win a free month of Questia access just for telling us.

That’s right! We’ll trade our research for yours Read more

Looking for a scholarship? Now accepting applications for The Julia Corine Barnes Scholarship by Questia!

Most Valuable Professor Julia Corine Barnes

Most Valuable Professor Julia Corine Barnes

The Most Valuable Professor

In the summer, we at Questia announced the winner of the first “Questia’s Most Valuable Professor” contest, as part of our ongoing dedication to education. College students from across the country nominated special professors they believed deserved the title of Most Valuable Professor (MVP). For the grand prize, we pledged to establish three $2,500 scholarships in the winning professor’s name, and our winner earned the duty of determining the scholarship criteria and ultimately selecting the scholarship recipients.

After much anticipation, the time to apply for The Julia Corine Barnes Scholarship by Questia has finally arrived!  Read more

Most Valuable Professor scholarship coming soon: Julia Corine Barnes Scholarship by Questia

In April of this year, we at Questia excitedly introduced our first ever national scholarship competition, “Questia’s Most Valuable Professor.” College students from all around the country nominated their favorite professor by telling us why this person deserved to be named Most Valuable Professor. For the grand prize, Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, agreed to establish three $2,500 scholarships in the winning professor’s name, and the reigning professor got to be part of the integral team determining the scholarship criteria and ultimately selecting the scholarship recipients. For those of you on the hunt for scholarships, stay tuned! Scholarship entries will be accepted starting in December. Read more

Questia’s Citation Showdown Contest: Enter your bibliography for a chance to win part of $2000 in prizes!

Citation Showdown PrizesWith numerous essays and exams piling up, the end of the semester is typically a challenging time for students. Whether the paper is on Ancient Greece or William Shakespeare, a quality research paper includes multiple sources, all of which must be properly cited. However, locating the information necessary for citations can be difficult.  To help motivate students to properly cite their research work, Questia, the premier online research and paper writing resource is conducting a nationwide search for the best and most correct use of citations in a research paper.

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Most Valuable Professor teaches at Berry College, students celebrate

Questia MVP: Most Valuable Professor, Julia Barnes at Berry College

Questia MVP: Most Valuable Professor, Julia Barnes at Berry College

The first ever Most Valuable Professor competition by Questia resulted in dozens of nominations and over a thousand votes! The professor who ultimately took home the title of MVP was Spanish professor at Berry College, Julia Corine Barnes, and her students were ecstatic over the victory. Not only does Berry College have the world’s largest campus to tout, but now they also have America’s Most Valuable Professor teaching at their school!

Marlon Blugh, a junior at Berry College, nominated Barnes for the honor of MVP for many reasons. “Prof. Barnes is simply a fair and reasonable individual. I nominated her because she has helped me in ways other professors have not. She truly listens and works with you.” Read the nomination Blugh submitted in our MVP announcement. Read more