FindArticles


FindArticles

Infobox Website
name = FindArticles.com
favicon =

caption =
commercial = Yes
type = Reference
registration = Optional
owner = CBS Interactive
author = LookSmart
launch date = 2000
current status = Online
revenue =
url = [http://findarticles.com/ FindArticles]

FindArticles is a website which provides access to articles previously published in over 3,000 magazines, journals, and other sources.cite web |url=http://www.resourceshelf.com/2007/11/09/looksmart-sells-findarticles-to-cnet-networks/ |title=LookSmart Sells FindArticles to CNET Networks for $20.5 Million in Cash |accessdate=2008-07-18 |last=Price |first=Gary|coauthors=Kennedy, Shirl |date=2007-11-09 |work=Resource Shelf] cite web |url=http://www.btobonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080211/FREE/629265722/1109/FREE |title=Bnet.com branches out: CNET business information site bulks up its content offerings |accessdate=2008-07-18 |author=Matthew Schwartz |date=2008-02-11 |work=BtoB Online |publisher=BtoB] Many articles are freely accessible, but the site also offers a large amount of premium content, which is provided through the HighBeam database and is only available with a free trial or a monthly fee. In total, FindArticles controls over 11 million resource articles, going as far back as 1998.cite web |url=http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crlnews/internetreviews/200509/findarticles.cfm |title=FindArticles |accessdate=2008-07-18 |author=Bill G. Kelm |date=October 2005 |work=C&RL News |publisher=American Library Association] cite web |url=http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/Antitrust_Resources/Cases___Issues_in_the_NEWS/index.ashx |title=Cases and Issues in the News |accessdate=2008-07-18 |publisher=American Antitrust Institute] cite web |url=http://blog.wired.com/business/2007/11/cnet-buys-finda.html |title=CNet Buys FindArticles From a Similarly Regrouping LookSmart |accessdate=2008-07-18 |author=Terrence Russell |date=2007-11-08 |work=Wired Blog Network |publisher=Wired]

The site was founded in 2000 as a partnership between LookSmart, which authored the search technology, and the Gale Group, which provided the articles. The two companies had first partnered to provide content in August of that year, and FindArticles.com soon resulted.cite web |url=http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-62714019.html |title=LookSmart Web Search Engine to Add Journal Articles From Gale |accessdate=2008-07-18 |publisher=HighBeam Encyclopedia |date=2000-06-01 ] As it grew, FindArticles moved away from an all-free model driven by advertisingcite web |url=http://www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/irn71/irn71.html |title=A-Z New Websites |accessdate=2008-07-18 |author=Roddy MacLeod |date=August 2000 |work=Internet Resources Newsletter |publisher=Heriot-Watt University Library] to the current admixture of free and paid content.

The site remained a part of LookSmart throughout the various changes in that company until it was sold to CNET Networks for $20.5 million on November 8, 2007, as part of a larger sell-off of LookSmart properties.cite web |url=http://venturebeat.com/2007/11/08/cnet-buys-findarticlescom-from-looksmart-for-205-million/ |title=CNet buys FindArticles.com from LookSmart for $20.5 million |accessdate=2008-07-18 |author=Eric Eldon |date=2008-11-08 |work=Venture Beat] Looksmart's need to offload non-critical assets in the wake of poor corporate performance, along with CNET's commensurate desire to expand its library of offerings, motivated the deal. FindArticles' SEO value - i.e., the frequency with which its articles appear as search engine results - likely factored into the final purchase price.cite web |url=http://mashable.com/2007/11/07/cnet-acquired-findarticles/ |title=CNet Acquires FindArticles: Part of its Refocus? |accessdate=2008-07-18 |author=Kristen Nicole |date=2007-11-07 |work=Mashable]

FindArticles is now part of the BNET division of CNET Networks.

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