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FindArticles logo.png
URL FindArticles
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Reference
Registration Optional
Owner CBS Interactive
Created by LookSmart
Launched 2000
Current status Online

FindArticles is a website which provides access to articles previously published in over 3,000 magazines, journals, and other sources.[1][2] Many articles are freely accessible, but the site also offers a large amount of premium content, which is provided through the HighBeam Research database and is only available with a free trial or a monthly fee.[1] In total, FindArticles controls over 11 million resource articles, going as far back as 1998.[3][4][5]

The site was founded in 2000 as a partnership between LookSmart, which authored the search technology, and the Gale Group, which provided the articles.[3][4] The two companies had first partnered to provide content in August of that year, and soon resulted.[6] As it grew, FindArticles moved away from an all-free model driven by advertising[4][7] to the current admixture of free and paid content.

The site remained a part of LookSmart throughout the various changes in that company until it was sold to CNET Networks for $20.5 million on November 8, 2007, as part of a larger sell-off of LookSmart properties.[5][8] Looksmart's need to offload non-critical assets in the wake of poor corporate performance, along with CNET's commensurate desire to expand its library of offerings, motivated the deal.[5] FindArticles' SEO value - i.e., the frequency with which its articles appear as search engine results - likely factored into the final purchase price.[5][9]

FindArticles is now part of the BNET division of CNET Networks.[2]


  1. ^ a b Price, Gary; Kennedy, Shirl (2007-11-09). "LookSmart Sells FindArticles to CNET Networks for $20.5 Million in Cash". Resource Shelf. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  2. ^ a b Matthew Schwartz (2008-02-11). " branches out: CNET business information site bulks up its content offerings". BtoB Online. BtoB. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  3. ^ a b Bill G. Kelm (October 2005). "FindArticles". C&RL News. American Library Association. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  4. ^ a b c "Cases and Issues in the News". American Antitrust Institute. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  5. ^ a b c d Terrence Russell (2007-11-08). "CNet Buys FindArticles From a Similarly Regrouping LookSmart". Wired Blog Network. Wired. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  6. ^ "LookSmart Web Search Engine to Add Journal Articles From Gale". HighBeam Encyclopedia. 2000-06-01. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  7. ^ Roddy MacLeod (August 2000). "A-Z New Websites". Internet Resources Newsletter. Heriot-Watt University Library. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  8. ^ Eric Eldon (2008-11-08). "CNet buys from LookSmart for $20.5 million". Venture Beat. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  9. ^ Kristen Nicole (2007-11-07). "CNet Acquires FindArticles: Part of its Refocus?". Mashable. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  


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