A commercial virtual library environment for e-learning

Questia is an online library providing access to a very large collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, including 77,000 full-text books, 155,000 articles, 185,000 magazine articles and over 1,1 million of newspaper articles for a total of 4 million titles from over 250 publishers. This collection provides multiple search feature, including key-word, phrase or quotation in each record of the library. As a commercial enterprise, this site requires a paid subscription for full 24/7 access to the collection and the various tool kits provided. One of suck tools, Questia Classroom, features a quite advanced and challenging electronic learning environment enabling teachers to manage online contents, read resources, create assignments and plan teaching activities, while students can access full-text material and use the reading and paper-writing tools as a personal workspace (bookmarks, highlighting, bibliography, etc.). No writing tool is accessible to non-subscribers and few areas actually provide open access – even if now the full content of more than 5,000 books is available for free (mostly classics by Dickens, Freud, Darwin, Twain, etc.). A highly refined tutorial helps non-experts and novices to find out how the library works and how can be used at its best. Navigation in this website is quite easy and user-friendly, thanks to a professional outline and management, including a Live Chat option for questions and help.

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