Questia, the Premier Online Research Paper Writing Tool, Launches Q&A Blog

Content to Include Research Paper Tips, How-to Articles and Other Motivational Information

Chicago, IL, September 20, 2011 – Questia, a part of Cengage Learning, helps students write better papers, faster, by making it easier to find, read and interact with quality information not usually found on the web. It’s also the largest online library of books, journals, magazines and newspaper articles with 4 million articles and 77 thousand books. Today, Questia announced the launch of its blog, Q&A, which features tips, how-to articles, and advice for the Questia community of high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Known for its trusted online research, Questia is a resource for the humanities and social sciences. Questia’s Q&A blog reaches beyond the Questia library and presents original content to motivate students in their day-to-day work, particularly when it comes to research paper tips.

“We offer exclusive tools that allow students to quickly search and take notes, plus automatically generate citations, footnotes, and bibliographies,” says Gary Jeppsen, Senior Product Manager of Questia. “Through our blog, we wanted to provide more casual content that would help students to stay motivated and be more efficient. Q&A is the answer. In addition to posting weekly, we’ll also be including issues of our newsletter in the blog so our readers can have all the latest research tidbits and product updates in one, easy location.”

A timely post, “Back to school tips: How to write a research paper,” provides research paper tips by reminding students of the steps required, from brainstorming and establishing goals, to not setting yourself up to fail. In another how-to post, “Top 10 mistakes when writing a research paper” students are warned of common missteps in the paper writing process. This post covers simple mistakes to big blunders with links to relevant examples.

One of the most popular features of Questia is the ability to read books online for free. In a Q&A blog post, “5,000 books! Read books online free at,” Questia shares how even non-subscribers may access over 5,000 completely free books online. These books range from classic novels to rare books and are available to be read anytime, by anyone, from cover to cover. 

Q&A is divided into “Education news,” “Student resources” and “Subjects” categories. “Subjects” is further broken down so readers can find specific content based on their academic needs. For example, Communications and Journalism blog posts cover such topics as asking who do you trust for online resources and how good writing can go bad, and Psychology blog posts cover such topics as how to improve active listening skills and what the organization of your desk means about you.

About Cengage Learning and Questia

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Questia is the best tool on the web that helps students write better papers, faster. It offers search, note-taking, and writing tools that help them locate the most relevant information on topics quickly, quote and cite correctly, and create properly formatted footnotes and bibliographies automatically. It’s also the first online library that provides 24/7 access to the world’s largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles. You can search every word of all the books and journal articles and read every title cover to cover. This rich, scholarly content is selected by professional collection development librarians and is not available elsewhere on the Internet. High school and college students, as well as Internet users of all ages, have found Questia to be an invaluable online resource. Anyone doing research or just interested in topics that touch on the humanities and social sciences will find titles of interest in Questia. To complement the library, Questia offers a range of search, note-taking, and writing tools.

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