What's the Perfect Gift for Two Million College-Bound Graduates? New Online Library Gives Grads the Academic Edge

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Questia Media, Inc.

    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As high school graduation approaches,
 friends and family struggle over finding the perfect gift to congratulate one
 or more of the two million college-bound grads this spring.  Traditionally
 topping the list each year are pen and pencil sets, clocks, stationary and hot
 pots.  This year, family and friends of graduates have a new gift choice -- a
 subscription to the first online library, a concept that has been widely
 accepted on college campuses across the country.
     For less than the cost of a candy bar (or 41 cents a day for a full year),
 Questia offers students online access to an extensive online library which
 gives grads the convenience of accessing more than 35,000 full-text books and
 5,000 journal articles with titles in popular subjects such as literature, art
 history, economics and sociology.  With each research paper or study
 assignment, subscribers can search and read entire books; automatically create
 footnotes and bibliographies; gain instant access to an online dictionary,
 thesaurus and encyclopedia; personalize text with highlighting and margin
 notes; and save papers online so they can access them from anywhere, at
 anytime.
     With the Questia service, students will be able to do research and write
 their papers from the comfort of their homes or dorm rooms, alleviating
 parents' concerns about safety during late-night library treks and eliminating
 the inconvenience and irritation of checked-out books, as well as not having
 enough quarters for the photocopier.
     "First-year college students have so many new challenges," said Troy
 Williams, founder and chief executive officer of Questia Media, Inc.  "Parents
 want their students to succeed and, with the convenience and depth of our
 online library, Questia will encourage students to devote more time delving
 into their topics, consulting a wider array of resources, and formulating and
 articulating a thesis or argument.  For students, the service eliminates many
 of the unproductive and frustrating aspects currently associated with the
 paper writing process."
     The Questia service has more than 35,000 books and 5,000 journal articles
 in the humanities and social sciences disciplines.  Users are able to search
 the service's entire collection for free, but a subscription fee is required
 to read the full-text of books and to use the set of research and writing
 tools.  A three-tier subscription model provides a variety of gift-giving
 options: annual for $149.95, monthly recurring for $19.95, and a one-week
 promotional offer for $9.95.  Printable gift certificates are available now at
 www.questia.com.
 
     About Questia
     Founded in 1998, Questia Media 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 features including a highlighter markup, margin note capabilities, and
 automatic footnoting and bibliographies.  For millions of college students and
 researchers, the Questia(sm) service will enable them to efficiently research
 and compose papers at any time, from every connected corner of the world.
 Based in Houston with approximately 300 employees, and 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.
 
      CONTACTS:
      Ann Brimberry                       Alyssa Graf
      Questia Media, Inc.                 Richards/Gravelle Public Relations
      713.358.2704 or (M) 713.562.8817    214.891.2971 or (M) 713.252.1847
      abrimberry@questia.com              alyssa_graf@richards.com
 
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    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As high school graduation approaches,
 friends and family struggle over finding the perfect gift to congratulate one
 or more of the two million college-bound grads this spring.  Traditionally
 topping the list each year are pen and pencil sets, clocks, stationary and hot
 pots.  This year, family and friends of graduates have a new gift choice -- a
 subscription to the first online library, a concept that has been widely
 accepted on college campuses across the country.
     For less than the cost of a candy bar (or 41 cents a day for a full year),
 Questia offers students online access to an extensive online library which
 gives grads the convenience of accessing more than 35,000 full-text books and
 5,000 journal articles with titles in popular subjects such as literature, art
 history, economics and sociology.  With each research paper or study
 assignment, subscribers can search and read entire books; automatically create
 footnotes and bibliographies; gain instant access to an online dictionary,
 thesaurus and encyclopedia; personalize text with highlighting and margin
 notes; and save papers online so they can access them from anywhere, at
 anytime.
     With the Questia service, students will be able to do research and write
 their papers from the comfort of their homes or dorm rooms, alleviating
 parents' concerns about safety during late-night library treks and eliminating
 the inconvenience and irritation of checked-out books, as well as not having
 enough quarters for the photocopier.
     "First-year college students have so many new challenges," said Troy
 Williams, founder and chief executive officer of Questia Media, Inc.  "Parents
 want their students to succeed and, with the convenience and depth of our
 online library, Questia will encourage students to devote more time delving
 into their topics, consulting a wider array of resources, and formulating and
 articulating a thesis or argument.  For students, the service eliminates many
 of the unproductive and frustrating aspects currently associated with the
 paper writing process."
     The Questia service has more than 35,000 books and 5,000 journal articles
 in the humanities and social sciences disciplines.  Users are able to search
 the service's entire collection for free, but a subscription fee is required
 to read the full-text of books and to use the set of research and writing
 tools.  A three-tier subscription model provides a variety of gift-giving
 options: annual for $149.95, monthly recurring for $19.95, and a one-week
 promotional offer for $9.95.  Printable gift certificates are available now at
 www.questia.com.
 
     About Questia
     Founded in 1998, Questia Media 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 features including a highlighter markup, margin note capabilities, and
 automatic footnoting and bibliographies.  For millions of college students and
 researchers, the Questia(sm) service will enable them to efficiently research
 and compose papers at any time, from every connected corner of the world.
 Based in Houston with approximately 300 employees, and 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.
 
      CONTACTS:
      Ann Brimberry                       Alyssa Graf
      Questia Media, Inc.                 Richards/Gravelle Public Relations
      713.358.2704 or (M) 713.562.8817    214.891.2971 or (M) 713.252.1847
      abrimberry@questia.com              alyssa_graf@richards.com
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X38247532
 
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