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HighBeam Research is a paid search engine owned by Cengage Learning (through its Gale subsidiary) for newspapers, magazines, academic journals, newsires, trade magazines and encyclopedias. It is headquartered in Chicago. HighBeam is somewhat unique in that it makes content available directly to the end user which previously was only available through high end products such as Factiva and Lexis-Nexis.



The company started in August 2002 after Patrick Spain who had just sold Hoover's, which he had co-founded, bought eLibrary and 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 largely not freely available.[1]

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

Spain was quoted, "There was a glaring gap between free search like Google and high-end offerings like LexisNexis and Factiva."[2]

Later in 2002, it bought

By 2003, it increased its archive base to articles from 2,600 publishers.

In 2004, it renamed itself HighBeam Research.

In 2005 it increased its publisher based 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.[3]


The company business model had originally offered unlimited access to 13 Million articles for $14.95 per month or $99.95 per year. The company currently offers over 80 million articles for $29.95 per month or $199.95 per year.

HighBeam offers users a free 7 day trial that allows the user to cancel their account via phone (24/7) 1-800-866-9227, e-mail, or on its website. The Better Business Bureau gives this company an A in its reliability report.[4]

Highbeam Research is a partner in the Womensforum network and is a major content provider for the new Womensforum women's issues research website.[5]


The site includes deep archives from Newspapers, such as:

The Boston Globe
The Washington Post
The Economist
The International Herald Tribune
Associated Press

Trade Magazines such as:

Advertising Age
Crain's Chicago Business
Beef Today
Doors and Hardware

Academic Journals like:

The Journal of Cancer Research and Therapies
The Journal of autoimmune diseases
The Journal of Education research
The Journal of Social Psychology

In all HighBeam has over 6,500 publications.


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