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Harvard Business Review & Cases: Restrictions & Availability

Information on Harvard Business Review use restrictions through Business Source Elite and patron access options in general.
Last Updated: Jan 7, 2021 9:23 AM

Restrictions & Availability

Can I point students to Harvard Business Review via Business Source Elite in my syllabi or other means for assigned course reading?

Please respect Harvard's use policy copied below.

"Harvard Business Review Notice of Use Restrictions, May 2009 Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing Newsletter content on EBSCOhost is licensed for the private individual use of authorized EBSCOhost users. It is not intended for use as assigned course material in academic institutions nor as corporate learning or training materials in businesses. Academic licensees may not use this content in electronic reserves, electronic course packs, persistent linking from syllabi or by any other means of incorporating the content into course resources. Business licensees may not host this content on learning management systems or use persistent linking or other means to incorporate the content into learning management systems. Harvard Business Publishing will be pleased to grant permission to make this content available through such means. For rates and permission, contact permissions@harvardbusiness.org."


Looking for Harvard Business Review articles for your private individual use or research?

  • Harvard Business Review is available electronically in full-text back to 1985 in the library's subscription to Business Source Elite/EBSCOhost. Link below.
  • Harvard Business Review is available on library microfilm back to 1922 when the library is open.
  • When the library is open, the most recent print issues are available for browsing on the 2nd floor in the Current Magazines area near the Cary Collection.
  • hbr.org offers visitors to their site varying levels of access. The publisher lists their article limits on the hbr.org site. The library does not coordinate with or subscribe to this site.


Unable to print or download a Harvard Business Review article in Business Source Elite?

Business Source Elite/EBSCOhost and Harvard Business Review prevent printing and downloading of 500 Harvard Business Review articles. Known among libraries as the HBR 500, these rotating articles are set by the publisher to be read on-screen only. No current list of the HBR 500 is made available by the vendor or publisher. The articles included in the HBR 500 have changed since 2013 and it is understood inclusion reflects popularity. Articles from Harvard Business Review dating back to 1922 are available through the library's microfilm collection located on the 2nd floor. The video below shows how to retrieve and use microfilm to create a PDF of an article for your private individual use when the library reopens.

Looking for Harvard Case Studies?

Harvard does not sell case studies to libraries for redistribution. Check with your professor and syllabus to see how they suggest you buy these. See link below about Educator Access.

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