Free Article Database
By Jonathan Dube (http://www.poynter.org/profile/profile.asp?user=1718)
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Journalists now have a plethora of online research options, from free search engines like Google to high-end article databases like LexisNexis.
HighBeam Research Inc., runs an online research engine for individuals that aims to fill the gap between the free and high-end services. The site offers access to its database of more than 35 million articles from more than 3,000 publications for $99.95 a year.
Now HighBeam is offering a subset of that content for free.Anyone searching HighBeam.com (http://www.highbeam.com/) can access the full text of more than 1.5 million articles from more than 200 sources for free, even people who haven't registered on the site.After you do a search on the site now, you'll get a list of results that include free and premium articles. If you're not interested in paying, you can click on a link in the left column, under "Modify Results," to display only the free articles.
HighBeam also plans on adding free access to "The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English" and "The Oxford Pocket Thesaurus of Current English"through the HighBeam Reference area of the research engine sometime soon.
Related column: Free LexisNexis (http://poynter.org/column.asp?id=32&aid=89228)