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</tr> </table> 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 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 largely not freely available.
Original investors included Prism Opportunity Fund of Chicago and 1 to 1 Ventures of Stamford, CT
Later in 2002, it bought Researchville.com.
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 2008 it was purchased by Cengage.
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.
The site includes deep archives from such Newspapers as:
The Boston Globe
Trade Magazines such as:
Academic Journals like:
The Journal of Cancer Research and Therapies
In all HighBeam has over 6,500 publications.
HighBeam offers users a free 7 day trial that requires the user to cancel their account via phone (24/7) 1-800-866-9227, e-mail, or on its website. There is at least one complaint about Highbeam Research's subscription policy at the controversial site Ripoff Report.
The Better Business Bureau gives this company an F in its reliability report because of complaints filed against it, a failure to respond to a number of complaints and the bureau not having sufficient background information on the business.