CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With millions of college students returning to campus to begin another semester, Questia (www.questia.com), the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, surveyed over 1,000 students and instructors on everything from study and research habits to relationship building with faculty. This data, which can be found in their unique College Study Habits infographic, shows that students and professors are on the same page in some areas, but also highlights certain disconnects where students don't dedicate quite as much time to their coursework as professors would hope.
One result from the survey showed the majority of students choose their professor as their go-to source for both trustworthy academic advice as well as general college mentoring. But, do students actually take their advice on study and research? For instance, most professors advised that students begin the research process the very same day that papers are assigned. However, the data reflects that only 17 percent of students heed their professors' advice. Of those polled, 46 percent start a few weeks ahead of the due date, 33 percent start a week before the due date and 5 percent don't begin until the night before.
The good news for all of these students is that Questia has now made the research paper process even easier by expanding their library, creating a simpler interface to search for sources and improving tools for citation, dictionary and thesaurus help. Students will have no trouble at all following their trusted professors' advice and starting research papers the very day they're assigned.
And, to get the ball rolling, Questia Librarian Nancy Buchanan recommends heading to Questia's collection of research topic pages for help in selecting your topic and sources. "Our topic pages provide students and researchers alike with great resources categorized by subject. These topics link users directly to high-quality sources that were all hand-selected by librarians," said Buchanan.
Questia is full of organizational and paper-writing tools to help students manage their projects from start to finish and even automatically generate footnotes and bibliographies. With more than 70,000 academic books and more than 6 million articles from hundreds of the world's leading publishers, Questia helps students write better papers faster. Visit www.Questia.com to experience the new and improved Questia.
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, part of Cengage Learning, is the Web's premier online collection of copyrighted non-fiction books, literature, academic journals and research periodicals for students and includes research tutorials, and integrated tools for note taking, organizing research, citing sources, creating footnotes and building bibliographies to help students write better research papers faster. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.questia.com.
SOURCE Cengage Learning