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Logo of Encyclopedia.com
Encyclopedia.com homepage
Type of site
Online encyclopedia
Available inEnglish
OwnerHighbeam Research
Created byInfonautics
RevenueDisplay advertising
LaunchedMarch 1998; 23 years ago (1998-03)
Current statusOnline
Content license
OCLC number405663034

Encyclopedia.com (also known as HighBeam Encyclopedia[1]) is an online encyclopedia. It aggregates information from other published dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference works including pictures and videos. The website is operated by Chicago-based company Highbeam Research, a subsidiary of reference publisher Gale, which in itself is a subsidiary of Cengage.[2][3]

Encyclopedia.com allows users to access information on a subject from multiple encyclopedias and dictionary sources,[4] 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.[5][6]

The website was launched by Infonautics in March 1998.[7] Infonautics was acquired by Tucows in August 2001. In August 2002, Patrick Spain bought Encyclopedia.com and its sister website eLibrary from Tucows and incorporated them in a new company called Alacritude, LLC (a combination of Alacrity and Attitude).[8] The business became known as Highbeam Research and was eventually sold to Gale.[3][9]


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  2. ^ Myers, Fort (2011-07-27). "Partnership With HighBeam Research and Encyclopedia.com". Yippy Inc. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b "Gale Acquires HighBeam Research, Inc". Cengage. 2008-12-15. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Wikipedia down? Try these alternatives - gHacks Tech News". ghacks.net. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Encyclopedia.com | Free Online Encyclopedia". encyclopedia.com. 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"...
  6. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Infonautics Launches Encyclopedia.Com". Information Today. Information Today, Inc. 15 (3). March 1998. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Hane, Paula J. (26 August 2002). "Tucows Sells Two Former Infonautics Services". newsbreaks.infotoday.com. Information Today, Inc.
  9. ^ Gwen (December 16, 2008). "Internet News: Gale Acquired HighBeam Research". Websearchguide.ca. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012.

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