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Questia honors National Native American Heritage Month with free books on Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha, 1690

November is National Native American Heritage Month, and throughout the country individuals and organizations celebrate the culture, character and history of Native Americans. To honor the historical month, we’ve gathered five informational books and articles on Kateri Tekakwitha, the newly sainted Native American and opened up these five reference works on Tekakwitha free for a month. Enjoy!

Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits

This book delves into the relationship between the Americanization at an individual level. While historians are familiar with the epidemics, conquests and introduction of a strange religion to the Native Americans as a whole, the effects on an individual level are not as clear. Read more

Free reading honoring Spiritual Literacy Month: Top five most researched religious topics

Spiritual literacyReligious views, standpoints and beliefs have been an important part of society and politics for centuries. No matter which sector the specific beliefs — or lack there of — are from, people take great pride and comfort in their religions and deities. As we get ready to honor December’s Spiritual Literacy Month, we at Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, have gathered the top five most researched books on spirituality and opened them up for free reading through the month of December! Enjoy!

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Questia Reading Room: Honoring 2012’s election season with free books on popular US presidents

Popular US presidentsElection season 2012 has come and gone as the United States welcomes a familiar face back into The White House. To celebrate America’s leaders past and present, we’re sharing books on the 15 most researched US presidents on Questia for free for a month. We were even able to quickly create a perfect APA bibliography using Questia’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. (You could even consider a presidential topic with all this free, librarian-selected research.)

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Human rights, humanitarianism and civil society: Free research for Universal Human Rights Month

Human Rights MonthFrom the fight against segregation to the pursuit for equal LGBT marriage rights, human rights has come a long way over the years not just in the United States, but throughout the world. In honor of Universal Human Rights Month, we at Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, are making the below books on human rights topics free through the month of December. Read more

Global warming, climate change, environmental ethics: Free research on current environmental issues

Environmental issuesToday’s current environmental issues provoke a good deal of science, research and controversy. Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool, is a terrific resource for exploring the history of complex environmental topics such as climate change, global warming and sustainable development. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the first eight months of 2012 were the hottest ever recorded in the continental United States. Researchers at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center have said a key indicator of climate change, arctic ice, has melted to its lowest level on record this year. Read more

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 Questia’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. You can even 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