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Highbeam: McCullough pinch hits with tech news …

October 20th, 2010

By Amy McCullough, from the MBJ newsroom

Ever wish you could get Internet access to newspaper or magazine articles that published before 2006? Most media outlets only have their stuff archived back that far. If you want something from the ‘90s or ‘80s, you’re in for some quality time with microfiche at the Eudora Welty Library.

But not with Highbeam.com, my favorite new research tool.

Formed in 2004, Highbeam can instantly retrieve news and magazine articles from as far back as 1984. (At least that’s the oldest date I’ve seen.)

Information from “more than 6,500 credible publications,” such as U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, Newsweek, Pediatric News, The Boston Globe, Oxford University Press, Advertising Age, Los Angeles Business Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Harper’s, Entrepreneur Magazine and the Associated Press, is available on Highbeam.

And guess who else? The Mississippi Business Journal ! It’s nice to know we’re officially among the ranks of credible publications.

However, as is the case so often in life, you do get what you pay for. A 30-day free trial is available, but an annual Highbeam subscription is about $200.

Then again, accuracy is priceless.

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