Last week Enid Davis, library director, formally unveiled access to Questia, a database featuring 75,000 full text books as well as millions of articles from the popular press and scholarly journals. Harker faculty and US students have been issued log-in information to establish personal accounts on Questia, providing them 24-hour access to “their own project work space that can be saved and built upon,” explained Davis.
“It’s like adding seven floors to our existing library,” observed Erin Redfern, US English instructor, during a freshman orientation session in which US librarians Sue Smith and Lauri Vaughan introduced the database.
“The interface is very intuitive and we’ve found that most students really like the navigation and the robust note-taking tools embedded in Questia,” said Vaughan, who previewed the online resource with biology classes last May.
“Questia provides an excellent complement to our existing print and electronic resources,” said Smith. “It allows us the opportunity to introduce our students to electronic books on a large scale.” Newcomers can get familiar with the various tools by exploring the excellent tour link on Questia’s front page. Access to the new resource, which features advanced content, is available to MS classes upon teacher request.