An alternative to spending hours in a library sifting through books is now available at the touch of students’ fingertips, thanks to the work of a University of Montana alum, reports the Missoulian. Questia, an online library of humanities and social-sciences research material, recently launched a new iPhone application with the help of a UM graduate. The application allows college students to perform academic research on their mobile phones. Sean Sullivan, a 1993 UM journalism graduate, is director of consumer sales and marketing for Questia, which offers 76,000 textbooks and 2.7 million journals, magazines, and newspaper articles online. The Questia app, which launched in September, costs 99 cents to download and includes a one-week access to the entire research collection. After that, it costs $9.99 for two weeks of access or $99.99 for a year. Mark Milian, a Los Angeles Times staff writer, questions whether poor college students will pay for online research material when it is available at no cost by visiting the campus library. But Sullivan says it’s more convenient than the library, because students need access to materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week–and the material on Questia will never be "checked out" by someone else…

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