Welcome to the DBQ Library:“A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. So the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.”~Umberto EcoA Document-Based Essay question is a question that provides the reader a series of documents and an essay question. Some DBQs have questions to help readers identify the main idea of each document and some DBQs have only the essay question. However, all DBQs help learners practice reading for understanding as opposed to merely decoding words. Thus, the DBQ is superb practice to increase analytical thinking skills. Ultimately, it is not to read but to read for understanding that transforms the printed page into something meaningful and even memorable. On the DBQ Library page, students can practice all kinds of DBQs from the simplest to the most profound. These DBQs have been culled from a multitude of sources.