Questia Media introduced a new course management system for high schools. Offered at no additional cost to schools purchasing Questia’s online library, the Questia Classroom enables teachers to create, plan, and manage original course material while leveraging the resources of Questia’s built-in, online library collection. This library includes access to more than 50,000 full-text books and 400,000 journal, magazine, and newspaper articles focusing on social studies and language arts, Questia said. Students using the Questia Classroom can develop modern research skills as they complete assignments online with the aid of several dynamic research tools, the company said. Questia’s online library gives students round-the-clock access to resource materials that can be viewed simultaneously by multiple users. Students can set their own workspace and reading preferences, create project folders and personal bookshelves, and automatically develop properly formatted footnotes and bibliographies in seven different citation styles with the click of a button. Questia launched its online academic library for the higher-education market in January 2001. More recently, the company has seen an increased demand for an online companion to physical libraries among secondary schools, owing in part to increasing book prices and shrinking school district budgets, said Questia President and CEO Troy Williams. Using Questia as an online companion, school districts can affordably extend their physical library’s reach, capability, and availability for a fraction of the cost, he added.
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