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Questia Online Library
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Account Coordinator: ChrisGualtieri will be approving accounts and collecting email addresses.

Questia is an online research library for books and journal articles focusing on the humanities and social sciences. Questia has curated titles from over 300 trusted publishers, including 77,000 full-text books and 4 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as encyclopedia entries. Paid access to Questia costs $99 per year.

As of August 2012 Questia has generously agreed to give free, full-access 1-year accounts for 2000 Wikipedia editors to use, distributed at the discretion of the community. Editors will need a 1-year-old account and 1000 edits in order to qualify. At the end of 1 year, editors who found the resource useful can simply re-apply.


  • You do not have free online access to these Questia products through your local library or university
  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia or on your home wiki linked from your application; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You are active in content generation, research, and/or verification work
  • If you previously had access to Questia and the account has expired, you can reapply.

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered.


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content
  • Comply with any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the Questia website they are accessing

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others
  • Mass scrape or mass download Questia content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Use the access provided through the Pilot for any commercial purpose

Private and confidential information

  • You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate. You understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia Library, and Questia Online Library. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or Questia Online Library), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


External video
Questia search demonstration
  • Editors should always provide original citation information, in addition to linking a Questia article, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT
  • Editors should not provide bare links to non-free Questia pages
  • Editors should note "(subscription required)" in the citation, where appropriate


<ref>{{cite web|title=National implementation committee approves funds for Swami Vivekananda values' education project|url=|publisher=US Fed News Service, Including US State News |accessdate=14 April 2012|date=September 2010|subscription=yes|via=[[Questia]]}}</ref>

If citing a book, optionally adding the ISBN of the cited book (found inside the Questia book, on its copyright page) increases both accessibility and verifiability for those without Questia access, who may then use the automatically-generated ISBN hyperlink. ISBNs can be included in many citation templates (including cite web), by means of the |isbn= parameter. Alternatively, as in the example below, immediately after (outside) the citation and Questia reference templates, simply type the acronym ISBN (with no punctuation) followed by one space and then the 13-digit (preferred) or 10-digit ISBN.

<ref>{{cite book|last1=Morris|first1=Christopher|title=The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the Mississippi and Its Peoples, from Hernando De Soto to Hurricane Katrina|year=2012|publisher=Oxford University Press|location=New York|pages=70, 74|url=|accessdate=12 July 2014|subscription=yes|via=[[Questia]]|isbn= 978-0195316919}}

Apply or renew[edit]

  1. Add your username at the bottom with #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}}). Tell us what areas you're active in and how you'll use the Questia resources. If you had an account, it expires after one year, so please reapply.
  2. Ragityman (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Application for new access. I hope to combine Questia resources with those of HighBeam and ScotlandsPeople, to do some serious article creation, as my situation is changing, and I will soon have more time to devote to more labor-intensive projects on enWikipedia. Questia will provide information regarding ethnology, cultural anthropology, history, and particularly the history of technology. Rags (talk) 21:59, 16 July 2015 (UTC) - Yes check.svg Done
  3. רחל1 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My account has expired and I wish to renew it. I find Questia very helpful resource for writing articles in Hebrew Wikipedia. Thank you, רחל1 (talk) 04:57, 17 July 2015 (UTC) - Yes check.svg Done
  4. Adam Cuerden (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I can use this towards ocumenting things in the Verdi projects I'm working on. Adam Cuerden (talk) 18:08, 26 July 2015 (UTC) - Yes check.svg Done
  5. Rhododendrites (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Renewing. No one particular subject area. History, cultural studies, technology... Thanks. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 03:09, 27 July 2015 (UTC) - Yes check.svg Done
  6. Historiograf (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Renewing. Today received help request (can you help meanwhile??), only another de-Questia-user at seems active. Thanks --Historiograf (talk) 14:48, 1 August 2015 (UTC) - Yes check.svg Done
  7. magiciandude (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I reapplied earlier this year and was approved, but the e-mail with the activation code never came. Erick (talk) 14:22, 5 August 2015 (UTC) - Yes check.svg Done
  8. Macspaunday (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) May I request a renewal of an earlier (expired) Questia account? I am active in English and American Literature and a few other fields, here and on WikiQuote, and use Questia for accurate citations and details. Thank you. Macspaunday (talk) 21:04, 8 August 2015 (UTC)
  1. Iñaki LL (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Hi, my membership expired. I deal with Basque and Pyrenean history (contemporary, 7-9th century, 19th century), geography, and culture matters. Relevance and accuracy, I attempt to avoid dependence on Spanish language sources and get access to the information cited in article references. Thanks Iñaki LL (talk) 22:46, 10 August 2015 (UTC) - Yes check.svg Done
  2. GeneralizationsAreBad (talk · contribs · count) I work extensively in military history, and access to Questia would help me tremendously by providing me with additional quality sources to work with. I have already worked on Korean War, Battle of Kursk, and Operation Barbarossa, and have promoted the latter two to GA. I would also be able to branch out further into areas such as political science, general history, and counter-terrorism. Thanks, GABHello! 21:27, 20 August 2015 (UTC)