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Honoring Confucius Day with free reading from Questia

Kong Fuzi (Latin: Confucius)

Kong Fuzi (Latin: Confucius)

Confucius (551–479 B.C.E.) was one of several intellectuals who started questioning the meaning of life and the role of the gods and the spirits, according to the Macmillan Encyclopedia. During the Warring States Period, Confucius developed a system of ethics and politics that stressed five virtues: charity, justice, propriety, wisdom, and loyalty. His teachings were recorded by his followers in a book called Analects, and formed the code of ethics called Confucianism that have been the cornerstone of Chinese thought for many centuries.

Confucius Day is celebrated every year on September 29th. At Questia, we’re celebrating Confucius Day by learning more about the philosopher and sharing relevant Questia content for free for a whole month. Enjoy! Read more

History articles and history books: How to research the history of humankind

Pop quiz time! For all you history buffs, plowing through your history books and articles, let’s delve into a short history of the human race and see where you stack up!
History of humankind

How far back does the oldest human (hominid) date from?

A)     250,000 years
B)     500,000 years
C)     1,000,000 years
D)     2.3 million years
E)     4.4 million years Read more

Counseling psychology and development: Providing therapeutic treatments to treat a wide variety of symptoms

William James

Influential 19th century psychologist and philosopher, William James

In life, there are no guarantees. While you can control much of what goes on in your life, there are instances when issues can arise, overwhelming our abilities to manage and control our responses to them. Counseling psychology is one of the largest specialty practices within the field of psychology. Counseling psychologists take a more generalized approach when helping patients with any one of their psychosomatic problems.

William James was an influential 19th century psychologist and philosopher who wrote a pioneering paper called The Principles of Psychology, blending his own research and thoughts about psychology, philosophy and physiology. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Free reading from our “Newly added” books section!

The Questia library is constantly growing and evolving with the needs of our users. This holiday season, we’re happy to share some of our brand new content with the Footnotes readers! As a treat for our readers, we’re sharing some of the most recently added books  to our collection for free for a month. We were even able to quickly create a perfect Chicago Style 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.

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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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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