Celebrate Earth Day with free environmentally-friendly reads

Celebrate Earth DayCelebrated by more than 175 countries, Earth Day is held every April 22nd and promotes appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. To help increase awareness, we’re sharing the following books and articles on our top five most researched environmental topics, and making them free for a whole month!  

  1. Global WarmingCharacterized by an increase in the Earth’s average surface temperature, global warming is a worldwide phenomenon that has been reported on in everything from media outlets to scientific journals. Evidence of global warming includes an increase of 0.8° C (1.4° F) in the last 20th century with about two thirds of this increase occurring since 1980. Read more

Humanities term papers: Term paper topics and resources from digital to visual

The study of humanities opens you up to a whole world of subjects including art, language and culture. When writing a research paper for your humanities class, the hardest part of your task may be in choosing the focus of your paper from the many possible term paper topics. Here are a few ideas and resources to help you complete your humanities term papers.

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Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary describes the humanities as the study of “branches of learning such as philosophy, arts or languages.” Read more

Free poems and poetry criticism this National Poetry Month

Title page of the first edition of John Milton’s “Paradise lost” from 1668.

Title page of the first edition of John Milton’s “Paradise lost” from 1668.

Questia honors National Poetry Month with free online access to popular poems from the Renaissance to today

While students focus on poetry this National Poetry Month, we at Questia are helping them access free poems and poetry criticism. We’ve released a list of our library’s top ten most researched poems from the Renaissance through today, and made reference works on each of them free for all of April.

  1. Paradise Lost by John Milton: Paradise Lost details one of the most famous stories in history: Adam and Eve’s banishment from the Garden of Eden, and the fall of mankind through Satan’s temptations. [Miner, Earl and William Moeck and Steven Jablonski. Paradise Lost, 1668-1968: Three Centuries of Commentary. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2004.] Read more

Honoring the ten most studied female painters this Women’s History Month

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (© Lola Alvarez Bravo, Vicente Wolf Photography Collection/AP Photo)

In honor of Women’s History Month, we at  Questia have released a list of our library’s top ten most studied female painters, and made the following reference works on each of them available for free this month! Visit our topic page on women artists for additional research.

  1. Frida KahloBorn in 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico, Frida Kahlo painted her first self-portrait Self-Portrait Wearing a Velvet Dress one year after sustaining serious injuries in a streetcar accident. Later in life, she was awarded the National Prize of Arts and Sciences by the Education Ministry. [Sánchez, Cynthia A. “2: Latin American Women Artists.” Women Artists of Color: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook to 20th Century Artists in the Americas. Ed. Phoebe Farris. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. 125-230. Questia. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.] Read more

The top 10 most-researched American women in history

Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1955

Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1955

Discover free online research for the month of March on historical female figures for Women’s History Month. Find these and more great resources at Questia.com!

March is Women’s History Month and here at Questia.com we have released a list of our library’s top ten most-researched American women in history. To celebrate, we’ve even made the reference works to these ten strong women free for an entire month! Explore our online research tools and brush up on some of the ways women have shaped our country.

  1. Rosa Parks: In 1955 her single act of modest defiance set in motion the movement of the modern Civil Rights Movement.  Known as “the first lady of civil rights”, Parks gave African American leaders an opportunity to test the constitutionality of Montgomery, Alabama’s bus segregation laws and so many other laws around the country. [Fields, Suzanne. “The History Lesson from Rosa Parks; A Single Act of Responsibility Changes a Nation’s Heart.” The Washington Post [Washington D.C.] 31 October 2005: A21.] Read more

Liberal arts education in the workplace: What can you do with a liberal arts degree?

Successful liberal arts studentYou’ve probably heard of (or maybe even bought into) the common misconception that obtaining a liberal arts degree will limit your ability to find a job after graduation. Huzzah—you can call your parents with the good news that jobs in fact exist for all majors! All you need to learn is how to articulate the skills you’ve picked up at school, gain knowledge about the job market and recognize what employers seek so you can bust out of the graduation starting gate strong for today’s job market. Read more

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