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

How to research Anthropology history books and articles using Questia

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

Why major in anthropology?

The study of human behavior goes back thousands of years to the time of ancient Greek civilization. Greek historian, Herodotus (484 – 425 BC) is considered the “father of history” having written about the Greek victory over the Persians. But if ancient history doesn’t motivate you, try asking Idaho State University anthropology students, Michelle Carpenter and Jennifer Hernandez, both of whom landed internships at the Smithsonian this summer.  “I would live in a cardboard box if I could work at the Smithsonian,” said Hernandez. “It has always been one of the goals of mine to be at the Smithsonian, but now it is a little scary because I’m actually going there to work,” Hernandez said. “It might be hard not to be star-struck the whole time.” 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

History of Memorial Day: Free research on American soldiers in major wars

History of Memorial DayDo you know the history of Memorial Day? Founded in 1868 under the name Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day was intended to honor those soldiers who had fought in the American Civil War by decorating their graves. Since then, the event has expanded to honor veterans of any wars fought by American soldiers. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday and scheduled for the last Monday of May. In honor of American soldiers and Memorial Day, we at Questia are sharing five free resources for the top research topics about American soldiers. You can also check out Questia’s other sources on the U.S. Revolutionary War, the U.S. Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Read more

Science articles and science books: Free science research using Questia

Science books on QuestiaScience articles and science books fill many of the libraries in our universities and colleges but scoring easy access to them is not always so simple. This is a problem that happened to Varvara Trachana, a biologist with a PhD in biological chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Thanks to Greece’s six straight years of economic recession and an unprecedented level of economic austerity measures, the Greek Ministry of Education has stopped paying its subscriptions to numerous science journals and papers. The denial of science and scholarly papers means biologists like Varvara Trachana can no longer contribute to scientific research and makes it extremely difficult for science instructors to teach their students. Read more

So you want to be an architect? Study architecture books and articles on Frank Lloyd Wright, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance architectural styles

Architecture booksIn celebration of 2013’s National Architecture Week, Questia is promoting a portion of its archive devoted to architecture books and articles for undergraduates pursuing architectural studies. Top architects continue to command major media attention and Toyo Ito, a Japanese architect, is no exception having recently been awarded his profession’s top honor, the Pritzer Architecture Prize.

Architecture, which is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings, takes us back to more than 10,000 years to the Neolithic period, or the latter part of the Stone Age. Read more

Education reform throughout the decades: Free reading on top education reform content

Education reformEducation reform is the ongoing process of improving the public education. Historic issues have ranged from funding, to integration, and the merits of public versus private education for the millions of children in America’s elementary and high school system.

Playing such an important role in our society, it’s no wonder that it is a hot topic for debate on the political level as well as in classrooms and school boards. Education reform aims to make the highest quality public education available to as many citizens as possible, but with varying opinions, classes, cultures and needs to be considered, finding the best solution is no easy task. Read more

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with free reading on top nutrition books on Questia

National Nutrition MonthWelcome to National Nutrition Month 2013! Never celebrated before? This year is the perfect time to begin, being the 40th anniversary celebration of National Nutrition Month. According to, “The National Nutrition Month 2013 theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles* and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. Registered dietitians play a critical role in helping people eat right, their way, every day.” Read more

How to research academic journals online that cover many disciplines and sources

Academic journals onlineWe previously posted how students can research communication journals online and wanted to supplement it with a post about researching academic journals online using Questia, the digital library and online research and paper-writing tool.

When you research Questia, users will find a wide ranging series of periodicals to aid them in their research and written assignments, including:

  • More than six thousand online books that cover all types of scholarly journal topics from multicultural case studies to teaching academic literacy
  • More than three academic journals articles
  • More than 2,600 magazine articles and 800+ newspaper articles Read more

Free reading on famous conspiracy theories: Top five most researched conspiracies


UFO or a trick of the light?

Historical events have long been debated or explained as having secret plots and covert operations, but do these conspiracy theories have academic merit? Questia is home to a wealth of information and studies on a wide range of conspiracy theories involving everything from aliens to the supposed moon landing hoax theory. To offer insight on some of these topics Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, is making the below books on conspiracy theories free for an entire month. For even more quality research, check out our topic page on conspiracy theories. Enjoy! Read more