Answered By: Jenifer Baldwin
Last Updated: Jun 08, 2020     Views: 51

You may use articles from Harvard Business Review (HBR) in your course reserves, but not by linking to them.

Articles from the Harvard Business Review are available in EBSCO's Business Source Complete database. HBR Publishing has a strict license agreement that does not allow anyone to link to their articles in Business Source Complete. They claim that their content in Business Source Complete is not intended to be used as learning materials, meaning they cannot be linked from within Canvas or anywhere else. In addition to these restrictions, HBR has developed an HBR 500 list. This is a list of the most popular 500 articles from HBR and has requested that these be listed as "read-only" in Business Source Complete. The articles are available to read online but they can't be downloaded or linked to from elsewhere.

Because of these restrictions, you will need to direct students to navigate to these articles through the library website. To provide students instructions for accessing these articles online in Canvas reading lists, add a web link in Discover reading lists, linking to the Journals A-Z list. Give the students citations to the articles you want them to find in HBR, and instruct them to navigate to the articles in HBR from there.

The library also maintains a print subscription 1947-present, and these articles can be scanned to be placed on reserve through Canvas reading lists. This does not include HBR Cases, which are treated separately from the journal and must be purchased separately. This is a less preferable option, but if you would like to place HBR articles from the print collection on reserve through Canvas reading lists, please contact


  • American Library Association's (ALA) Business Reference and User Association's (BRASS) statement on HBR 500 and the article use restrictions. 
  • HBR 500: read-only articles in Business Source Complete.