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Important information about using HBR resources

Important Copyright Information

William James College Library supports the academic mission of William James College and acts as an extension of the classroom by providing access to a variety of items that instructors may assign to students. The library maintains electronic subscriptions to over 1,500 journals, 60,000 electronic books, and 1,000 streaming videos. In addition, the library subscribes to an Annual Academic Copyright License that allows our community the freedom to share select copyrighted content from journals and books to which we do not subscribe.

The library has the responsibility to respect the intellectual property rights of the creators of these materials and comply with copyright law. For more information about copyright and how it impacts your course readings, please read visit our copyright guide.

EXCEPTION: Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles in Business Source Premier (BSP) cannot be used for teaching purposes. Statement from Harvard Business Publishing (HBP):

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

According to this license, you may not:

  • post electronic copies to Ares, Moodle, or Canvas, or send them via email
  • provide links to an HBR article in EBSCOhost via Ares, Moodle, Canvas, or email
  • assign any HBR articles in your syllabus or direct students to obtain their own copies from EBSCOhost...

unless you secure prior permission from Harvard Business Publishing, which often requires payment.

Please contact the library, who will help you to secure permissions or assist you in located alternative resources.

Accessing HBR Resources for Class Readings

HBR resources used in class must be purchased via the Harvard Business Publishing Education (HBPE) website.

The library orders and maintains copyright for all HBR materials.


If you wish to assign HBR content, contact the library and provide the following details:

  • Citation for HBR resource(s) you are assigning
  • Course number and name
  • Semester
  • Number of students

We will order the required resources on your behalf and send you a link to share with students where they can download the resource(s). Note: links to resources are valid for one semester. If you wish to use the same materials a following semester you must contact the library and ask them to be purchased again. 

As a faculty member, you have access to free educator copies of HBR resources via the HBPE website. To access these materials, you must first register for a free Premium Educator Access. Once your registration is approved, you may download educator resources right from the HBPE website:









If you have any trouble registering, accessing materials, or if you have any questions, please contact Julia Clement.