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How to find articles in the Harvard Business Review

Ohio University Libraries has access to Harvard Business Review via our subscription to Business Source Complete.

Note:  Professors and instructors wishing to use Harvard Business Review Articles in their classes should work with Harvard Business Publishing for Educators.  At the HBR site, professors can set up course reading lists where the students can purchase the articles needed for class assignments.  Professors should not link to HBR articles in Business Source Complete in Blackboard, nor should they tell students that HBR articles in required readings can be found at the library.  The statement below is found on every single HBR article in Business Source Complete.  It strictly states that if the HBR content is to be used for course materials, then professors and students  should purchase the content directly from Harvard Business Publishing.


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

Along these lines, Harvard Publishing has restricted 500 articles in Business Source Complete as “read only,” meaning they can only be viewed on a computer screen and not downloaded or printed.  The full statement from Harvard regarding this initiative is found below:

As of August 2013, some changes will be made to Harvard Business Review (HBR) article access for Business Source customers. This change will not affect institutions that have already purchased the expanded rights from Harvard Business Publishing. Further, customers buying a site license will not be impacted.

As you are likely aware, full-text licensing agreements with publishers are subject to change in all databases, and EBSCO is committed to providing our customers with as much advance notice as possible on full-text content changes as often as we possibly can. With that said, we would like to inform you that as of August 1, 2013, all databases containing HBR will experience a change for 500 of the articles.  These articles will become read-only, and will be clearly marked as such.

For example, in Business Source Complete, there are currently 12,824 full-text articles from HBR, and 12,324 will continue to have the existing access functionality. If libraries wish to prevent the read-only limitation on these 500 articles, and expand usage rights to all 12,824 HBR articles to include course use, they should contact Harvard Business Publishing for expanded rights. For an upgrade fee, Harvard Business Publishing offers full course use rights for all articles. For pricing information please contact us at

Ohio University Libraries will not be pursing the “expanded rights” or paying the “upgrade fee”.

For additional information about this issue, please see the American Library Association’s  Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) Official Statement on Harvard Business Review Pricing and Access (PDF).