HighBeam Research now part of Gale/Cengage

Gale/Cengage recently acquired HighBeam Research Inc.  If you are unfamiliar with HighBeam, they are an online reference source with access to over 3500 resources from magazine/newspaper articles to  journal articles to popular reference sources.  HighBeam provides it’s services to companies, small groups, and individuals rather than libraries.

This is a very interesting acquisition to me.  I anticipate many publishers will begin (or pump up) services direct to the end user or smaller organizations.  Makes sense since most research is done on the open web rather than via a library database trapped in the invisible web.

From the press release:  “The acquisition of HighBeam is a natural extension of our user-focused strategy.  Gale has had a presence on the open Web for many years now, particularly with AccessMyLibrary, which brings users from search engines into a library environment to explore their vast content riches.  Now, with the added expertise of HighBeam, Gale will have a greater opportunity to learn more about user behavior and research trends, and will use that information to further develop and enhance the user experience for all our products” said Sommers.

2 thoughts on “HighBeam Research now part of Gale/Cengage”

  1. I went to High Beam and I found it very disturbing to have to give my credit card number OR my check tracing number to any place, much less one that offers a free trial that I can’t try without giving out personal information first…. Sue

  2. Thank you for your post. Let me see if I can explain. We require a credit card at the start of the process because we want to prequalify users as those that are serious researchers and see the value of the information that HighBeam provides. This is something that is important to Gale and the publishers who participate in HighBeam. All users that do go through the registration process are granted a free trial and, if they chose, they can decline the subscription and cease their trial without paying. Without doing this we could be overloaded with “one and done” users, which would limit publishers interest in participating in the service.

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