Does the library have access to the Harvard Business Review database?


The library has multiple methods of accessing the Harvard Business Review.

Print: Lauinger Library subscribes to the Harvard Business Review and current copies can be requested at the Circulations and Reserve Desk. Older issues can be retrieved from Off-Campus Storage.

Electronic: Due to restrictions set by Harvard Business School Press NO direct linking to articles is allowed: "Copyright 2022 Harvard Business Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Additional restrictions may apply including the use of this content as assigned course material. Please consult your institution's librarian about any restrictions that might apply under the license with your institution. For more information and teaching resources from Harvard Business Publishing including Harvard Business School Cases, eLearning products, and business simulations please visit"  

Due to licensing restrictions, the Library does not subscribe to Harvard Business Review online access directly from the publisher but instead uses the following method:

Students can access articles at no charge through EBSCO’s Business Source Complete. Use the Georgetown University Library catalog. Search “Harvard Business Review”. Follow the link to Business Source Complete.
To get to an article of interest, use the database Business Source Complete and use the citation to drill down to the full text, for example:

  1. If you have the citation:
    Collins, J. C. and Porras, J. I. (1996). “Building your company’s vision”. Harvard Business Review. 74:5, pp. 65-77.
  2. Search in the catalog “Harvard Business Review” and select the journal to click on the EBSCOhost Business Source Complete link, under Full Text Availablity.
  3. OR bookmark or make this link your favorite and refer to it whenever you need to go into Harvard Business Review (HBR):
  4. Once you are on the page for HBR, on the right, select the year the citation is from; in this case 1996
  5. Then select the volume and issue number; in this case volume 74, issue 5
  6. The articles are arranged by page number, you might have to go to the next page to get to pages 65-77. You can also confirm the article by the author or article title
  7. Select the PDF image, that way the image will include any pictures, graphs, tables, and other graphics
  8. If you are using RefWorks, don’t forget to save the citation

Then you are ready to search for your next article.

Or you can purchase the article, as well as cases, from the Harvard Business Publishing

Harvard Business Publishing will be pleased to grant permission to make this content available through such coursepacks and course management systems. For rates and permission, contact


  • Last Updated Apr 11, 2024
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