Open main menu (also known as HighBeam Encyclopedia[2]) is an online encyclopedia. It aggregates information from other published dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference works including pictures and videos. It received Codie awards in 2009 and 2010.[3] The website is operated by Chicago based company Highbeam Research a subsidiary of reference publisher Gale itself a subsidiary of Cengage.[4][5]
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Type of site
Reference, Encyclopedia
Available inEnglish
OwnerHighbeam Research
Created byInfonautics
RevenueDisplay advertising
Alexa rankIncrease 12,899 (November 2018)[1]
LaunchedMarch 1998; 21 years ago (1998-03)
Current statusOnline
Content license
OCLC number405663034 allows users to access information on a subject from multiple encyclopedias and dictionary sources,[6] and has nearly 200,000 entries and 50,000 topic summaries. It provides a collection of online encyclopedias and entries from various sources, including Oxford University Press, Columbia Encyclopedia and Gale its parent company.[7][8]

The website was launched by Infonautics in March 1998.[9] Infonautics was acquired by Tucows in August 2001. In August 2002, Patrick Spain bought and its sister website eLibrary from Tucows and incorporated them in a new company called Alacritude, LLC (a combination of Alacrity and Attitude).[10] The business became known as Highbeam Research and was eventually sold to Gale.[11][5]


  1. ^ " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors". Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Curlie - Reference: Encyclopedias".
  3. ^ " Named 2009 CODiE Award Winner". Cengage. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  4. ^ Myers, Fort (2011-07-27). "Partnership With HighBeam Research and". Yippy Inc. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  5. ^ a b "Gale Acquires HighBeam Research, Inc". Cengage. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  6. ^ "Wikipedia down? Try these alternatives - gHacks Tech News". Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  7. ^ " | Free Online Encyclopedia". Archived from the original on July 13, 2018. Featured publications from Gale on the homepage: "International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences"; "Cities of the World"; "Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy"...
  8. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Infonautics Launches Encyclopedia.Com". Information Today. Information Today, Inc. 15 (3). March 1998. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  10. ^ Hane, Paula J. (26 August 2002). "Tucows Sells Two Former Infonautics Services". Information Today, Inc.
  11. ^ Gwen (December 16, 2008). "Internet News: Gale Acquired HighBeam Research". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012.

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