Wikipedia:Questia/Experiences

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Please leave comments about your usage of Questia on this page. Stories of how it helped you would be great. Other comments or criticisms can be placed here or on the project's main page talk page.

  • I have started using it. It's a great product. Thanks a lot for the free subscription! Best, Tito Dutta 06:28, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

I tried to download the Android App for Questia but it's only available on Google Play which, since I'm in China, I don't have access to. I left messages for Questia technical support asking if there was anywhere else I could download it. They did not reply. I rang the Questia helpline and was told the App was only available on Google Play. Since there's dozens, maybe hundreds, of app stores and download site of various sorts why restrict the Questia App to Google Play?

  • Great resource so far, but I think there may be a problem with their scans. I've run into typos of author names, so keep an eye out for the correct spelling of authors and works. I was very impressed by their book selection and I've spent the last several hours on the site. Viriditas (talk) 06:40, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
  • I'm quite impressed as well. I quickly skimmed their catalogue and it contains many full-text books on the history of science—from classics to very recent publications. As Viriditas, I would like to note that they only seem to provide the OCR'ed(?) text of those books. While the quality of typesetting is very high, this always has an associated risk of introducing errors in the text. —Ruud
  • It looks as if this going to be a hugely helpful resource, especially for some the niche topics that I edit. I will add more feedback as I continue to use it. – MrX 20:35, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Just started and it looks very useful for my area of interest (Japanese historical topics). Apart from the good collection of books, I also like the interface which allows to quickly collect citations. Two minor problems I ran into so far: i) It does not allow to mark citations running over more than one page (or does it?); ii) found one case where the search did not find a name (with apostrophe + "s") even though it existed in the book bamse (talk) 19:56, 22 September 2012 (UTC)
  • So far an extremely helpful tool. Being able to access social science classics without ordering them from a library saves me a lot of time and effort.--Toter Alter Mann (talk) 20:43, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Just started it by having a look at Talbert: Atlas of Classical History. The image resolution of the maps is so low, it is quite embarrassing. The maps are shown, but most place names are unreadable. Not good. --WolfgangRieger (talk) 16:52, 26 August 2014 (UTC
  • Questia's interface is excellent and its project management, bookmarks, and (particularly the) notes features are very handy. I work (in Wikipedia) primarily on Indian History and the resources made available are a mixed bag. While some standard texts are conspicuous in their absence, Questia throws up a few surprise inclusions as well :) I agree with the users above on the OCR issues. But they appear to be primarily restricted to accented characters and in my experience, occur infrequently. That said I've also come across books which have randomly incorrect titles. Perhaps the incorporation of a report error or feedback feature into their interface will help fix such glaring errors. (And having 500 Wikipedia editors around will probably clean their library up in a couple of hours :) My thanks to Questia, ChrisGualtieri, and everybody else involved in making this resource available to all of us. Cheers.--Cpt.a.haddock (talk) 05:22, 6 December 2014 (UTC)