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American consumerism, materialism and conspicuous consumption — A culture in crisis?

American consumerismIf there’s one thing American culture has never shied away from, it’s consumerism. The term consumerism was first used in 1915 to refer to “advocacy of the rights and interests of consumers, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. But does all this consumerism make us any happier? Northwestern University found that anyone placing great value on wealth, status and material possessions is more likely to be depressed and anti-social than the rest of us. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Honoring election season with free books on politics and voting

2012 presidential elections

Election Day is November 6th! To help you gain some fascinating background on voting through the ages, we’re sharing 15 of our most popular books on elections and politics. We were even able to quickly create a perfect MLA bibliography using Quesita’s handy bibliography tool! Did you know Questia will automatically generate your bibliography in MLA, APA or Chicago format? Be sure to try it out as you work on your next research paper or project. (And, hey, why not choose a political topic with all this free, librarian-selected research?) Read more

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Free content on famous Hispanic authors

Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we at Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, are paying homage to Hispanic authors who have made significant contributions to literature throughout history. For the entire month, enjoy free access to reference works on five of history’s most researched Hispanic authors:

  1. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Spanish-born Cervantes is widely regarded as an influential playwright, novelist and poet in history, penning infamous works such as Don Quixote during his lifetime. As a student under the direction of Juan Lopez de Hoyos, Cervantes published his first works, a collection of four poems. Read more

Free reading on the most influential women in world history: Honoring Women of Achievement Month

Queen Elizabeth 1

Queen Elizabeth 1

In honor of September’s Women of Achievement Month, we at Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, have released a list of the top five most researched women throughout history. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve opened up our library to make reference works on each influential woman free for a whole month. Enjoy!

  1. Queen Elizabeth 1, Queen of England: Queen Elizabeth 1 is notably one of the most intriguing and influential women of her time. She was so influential, in fact, that it is the “Elizabethan Age that bears her name and was best noted for achievements in the arts and exploration of new lands” (Gilberd ix). Queen Elizabeth took the throne in a very vulnerable time in Britain’s history. Read more

Free books online about Helen Keller: Honoring her inspirational life story

Young Helen Keller with teacher Anne Sullivan

Young Helen Keller with teacher Anne Sullivan

In honor of Helen Keller’s birthday today, June 27th, we’re granting access to the following books for free for an entire month—the top five most researched narratives about Helen Keller. For information on the many ways Helen Keller has inspired young people to make a difference in the world, check out the June 26, 2012 post, “Who Stole Helen Keller?” from the Media dis&dat blog.

  1. The Story of My Life: The Story of My Life is one of the most memorable works chronicling the amazing life of Helen Keller. Written by Keller herself, the book recounts her journey through life living without the ability to see or hear, as Keller lost her hearing and sight at a very young age. Read more

Our collection just keeps getting bigger!

Questia has just added over 2,000 new book titles to its collection. Check out these featured books that we have made free for a limited time.

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"Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11" By: Amy B. Zegart

"Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11" By: Amy B. Zegart

"The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy" By: David Kaiser

"The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy" By: David Kaiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

5,000 books! Read books online free at Questia.com

Questia is the perfect research tool for students, professors, and curious minds everywhere. You probably know that Questia offers subscribers full access to the world’s largest online library of books and journal articles as well as magazine and newspaper articles, but did you know that even non-subscribers can read books online free? Read more