HighBeam Research

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HighBeam Research
Logo of HighBeam Research.png
The logo of HighBeam Research since February 2004.
Web address www.HighBeam.com
Content license
Copyright; All rights reserved
Owner Cengage Learning
Launched August 2002
Alexa rank
Decrease 24,341 (October 2013)[1]
Current status Active

HighBeam Research is a paid search engine and full text online archive owned by Cengage Learning (through its Gale subsidiary) for thousands of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, newswires, trade magazines and encyclopedias in English.[2] It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

History[edit]

The company was established in August 2002 after Patrick Spain, who had just sold Hoover's, which he had co-founded, bought eLibrary and Encyclopedia.com from Tucows. The new company was called Alacritude, LLC (a combination of Alacrity and Attitude). ELibrary had a library of 1,200 newspaper, magazine and radio/ TV transcript archives that were generally not freely available.[4]

Original investors included Prism Opportunity Fund of Chicago and 1 to 1 Ventures of Stamford, Connecticut.

Spain stated, "There was a glaring gap between free search like Google and high-end offerings like LexisNexis and Factiva."[5]

Later in 2002, it bought Researchville.com. By 2003, it had increased its archive base to articles from 2,600 publishers. In 2004, it was renamed HighBeam Research. In 2005, it increased its publisher base to 3,500 publishers. In 2006, Oxford University Press, Knight Ridder and The Washington Post archives were added. In 2008, it was purchased by Cengage Learning.[6]

Highbeam Research is a partner in the Womensforum network and a major content provider for the WomensForum women's issues research website.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexa.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Publications by category". HighBeam Research. Cengage Learning. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us." HighBeam Research. Retrieved September 24, 2012. "HighBeam Research c/o Cengage Learning 1 North State Street Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60602 USA"
  4. ^ "About Us". Highbeam. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Q&A: Patrick Spain, Founder HighBeam". InterNetNews. February 20, 2004. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Posted by Gwen (December 16, 2008). "Gale Acquired HighBeam Research". Web search guide. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Highbeam Research is a WomensForum Network Partner". WomensForum. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 

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