15.184 Questia gets bigger

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 184.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2001 09:12:07 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: QUESTIA Press Release on Questia 2.0

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    August 17, 2001

          Questia's New Version 2.0 Nearly Doubles The Size of Its Collection

    >>Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 10:22:09 -0400 (EDT)
    >>From: Ann Okerson <ann.okerson@yale.edu>
    >>To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
    >Ann Brimberry
    >Andrea Hugg
    >Questia Media, Inc.
    >Public Relations
    >Questia Arms Students Headed Back To School With World's Largest Online
    >Questia's New Version 2.0 Nearly Doubles The Size of Its Collection
    >HOUSTON (August 15, 2001) - Headed back to school this month are 30
    >million web-savvy high school and college students looking for new ways to
    >succeed. Many will look to the Internet to give them the academic edge
    >needed to excel in today's highly competitive scholastic environment.
    >The wealth of information on the Internet has become both a blessing and a
    >curse for students. Although the Internet can be a huge time saver,
    >finding credible information online is challenging. Now Questia, the
    >world's largest online library of books, provides students with an easy
    >and powerful solution.
    >Today, Questia launches its version 2.0, which includes a collection of
    >more than 60,000 full-text titles - nearly double the size of its version
    >1.0 collection launched January 2001. Version 2.0 also improves Questia's
    >tools, which enable users to personalize books by highlighting and making
    >notes in them and to write better papers by automatically creating
    >footnotes and bibliographies in various formats. Since the January
    >launch, Questia has conducted extensive market research among student
    >subscribers and met with many professors and librarians. The company has
    >used that feedback as well as the advice of its Corporate Advisory Council
    >to improve upon the Questia service. The Council is composed of former
    >first lady Barbara Bush; Dr. Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie
    >Corporation; Dr. John Seely Brown, chief scientist of Xerox (NYSE: XRS);
    >Dr. Sidney Verba, Harvard University library director; and Dr. Clifford
    >Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information.
    >"We listened to our users and designed Version 2.0 with one objective in
    >mind - to exceed subscribers' expectations. Every area of the site was
    >redesigned, from an entirely new user interface to simplifying the
    >registration process. Additionally, all the tools and features are now
    >incorporated into three areas which are the most important functions of
    >the service -- search, read, and work," said Troy Williams, CEO and
    >founder of Questia Media, Inc. Questia's version 2.0 has the following new
    > An increase in the library from 35,000 to more than 60,000
    >books and journal articles;
    > New tools for subscribers, including an automatic view of the recently
    >used books, a personal bookshelf for storing and retrieving favorite
    >books, and a customizable home page;
    > Re-organization of tools and functions around the three main areas of
    >search, read, and work to improve the site's usability;
    > Faster search and navigation between books and within books;
    > America Online (NYSE: AOL) agreement that makes Questia available to all
    >AOL subscribers on its Research and Learn Channel, as well as Netscape.
    >AOL Keyword: Questia.
    >"We developed the Questia service to meet a tremendous student need -
    >access to quality academic content online, 24 hours a day, seven days a
    >week. When I was in college, the library was often closed when I wanted
    >to use it. And even when it was open, the books I needed were often
    >missing or checked-out. Questia provides every student with a college
    >library in their room and no book is ever checked out," continued
    >Williams. Besides student acceptance, faculty members also view the
    >Questia service as useful, both as a source for teaching materials and as
    >an effective anti-plagiarism tool. Using the search function to look for
    >a phrase, professors can check a student's paper for material copied but
    >not cited. "Questia provides several benefits for teachers," said Dr.
    >Stanley Chodorow, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California,
    >San Diego and Questia Media's Vice President for Academic Affairs. "It
    >makes it possible for students to spend more time delving into their topic
    >because the books and journals are never checked out or defaced.
    >Additionally, the tools encourage the honest use of scholarly material and
    >provide faculty with the means to uncover suspected plagiarism."
    >The cost of accessing the entire Questia collection and utilizing the
    >research tools remains at $19.95 a month, and $149.95 annually. Special
    >promotional pricing is offered through partners including America Online
    >(NYSE: AOL), Britannica.com, and The Princeton Review, Inc. (NASD: REVU)
    >website, Review.com.
    >About Questia
    >Founded in 1998, Questia Media, Inc., launched its revolutionary online
    >library with powerful search and writing tools created specifically to
    >help students write better papers faster in January 2001. Questia provides
    >unlimited access to the full-text of an extensive collection of books, as
    >well as a wide range of tools including highlighter, markup, automatic
    >footnotes and bibliography builder. For millions of students and
    >researchers, the QuestiaSM service will enable them to efficiently
    >research and compose papers at any time, from virtually every connected
    >corner of the world. Based in Houston with offices in New York and Los
    >Angeles, Questia is delivering on the true promise of the Internet by
    >providing access to a wealth of human knowledge. Visit www.questia.com for
    >more information.


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