3 Things to Know about Accessing Harvard Business Content through GBL

Read below to learn about accessing Harvard Business Review print and digital articles, Harvard Case Studies, and why you must use Study.net for your classes.

1. You can access Harvard Business Review articles through Business Source Complete

Full-text articles from the Harvard Business Review are available through Business Source Complete going back to 1922. However, every year, Harvard places a download/print block on approximately 500 of their most frequently requested articles. So if you are interested in one of these particular articles, you will have to read it in the browser or find the physical copy of the HBR, explained below. There are two ways to find HBR articles in Business Source Complete. 1) Search for “Harvard Business Review” using the “SO Publication Title” field. You can include additional search terms to narrow your results, such as by topic or by author; 2) Select “Publications” at the top of the page, search for Harvard Business Review within the publications, then browse through issues by year using the menu on the right hand side of the screen.

To browse digital articles in Harvard Business Review:

Harvard Business Review Digital Articles are NOT included in the bi-monthly print HBR magazine and therefore, may not all show up when you conduct the above search. However, the content is still published by HBR and could be valuable to your research.

To locate the digital HBR articles, use the following search strategy:

Search for “Harvard Business Review Digital Articles” using the “SO Publication Title” field. You can include additional search terms to narrow your results, such as by topic or by author; 2) Select “Publications” at the top of the page, search for Harvard Business Review Digital Articles within the publications, then browse through digital articles by date using the menu on the right hand side of the screen.

Physical copies of the Harvard Business Review are located in the stacks

If you are trying to locate a hard copy of one of the 500 frequently requested articles that are blocked from download/printing in Business Source Complete, you should head to the stacks to get a print copy. Physicals copies of the Harvard Business Review going back to the 1922 are located in the stacks. Issues from the last 12 months are kept in the Matheson Reading Room’s Current Periodicals section, located on the third floor of the Woodruff Library. These issues cannot be checked out, unlike older issues, which are located in the stacks on Level 6. The elevators to the stacks are towards the back of the library, past the Service Desk on the second floor and to the right, across from the water fountains.

2. Harvard Business Publishing licenses materials for course readings exclusively through study.net

Although you have access to the Harvard Business Review through Business Source Complete, it violates our licensing agreement to use the content from this database for course materials. For this reason, you have to pay for articles separately if they are part of required course readings. Harvard Business Publishing retains complete control over the use of their intellectual capital; they have a license with study.net to be the exclusive platform on which their content can be accessed for academic teaching purposes. Also, articles or cases licensed for use one semester must be re-licensed for use in subsequent semesters. In other words, if you bypass study.net to access a Harvard Business Review article from Business Source Complete for a class, you are infringing on copyright and violating Emory’s licensing agreement with Harvard.

These restrictions apply not only to Harvard Business Review articles, but Harvard Business Cases, chapters from Harvard Business Publishing books, and any other content owned by Harvard.

3. Full-text Harvard Business Cases are not included in Business Source Complete

Harvard Business Publishing does not license its full-text case studies to any database. You can search and view abstracts of all the Harvard Business Cases in Business Source Complete. Given the limitations of Harvard’s website search box, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of Business Source Complete’s robust search features to identify any case studies that might be of interest; for each one, the title, author, date, and brief abstract will be displayed.

If you locate a case study you want to read, you have two options. If the case is part of a required course reading, it will be available to you via study.net. Otherwise, you must purchase the case from the Harvard Business Review Store. Unless otherwise indicated by your program office, you are responsible for the cost. Faculty members can register here to preview Harvard Businesses Cases.

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