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Ivy College of Business: Library Resources

Library resources and information for faculty, staff, and students in the College of Business.

HBR Classroom Use

Harvard Business Publishing is very strict about academic use of their materials, including articles form Harvard Business Review. The Library has access to the Harvard Business Review through the EBSCO Business Source Elite database. However, this statement (excerpted) is included at the end of each article:

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. . ..

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.

You may still use articles from HBR in your classes, however, you can provide only the citation to the article, and not a persistent link. There is a link in the box below that will take students to the HBR index in EBSCO. From there they can navigate and find articles that they need for class. This is an awkward work around but it does fulfill the requirement that students individually access the article.

The other option for providing access to HBR articles and (and cases) is to arrange for a course pack that students can purchase through the ISU Bookstore. Katelyn Engh is Bookstore's liaison with Harvard Business Publishing and she can assist you with ordering course packs for your classes.

Her contact information:

Katelyn Engh, Assistant Course Materials Buyer

515 294-0362.

Harvard Business Review

Clicking on the link below will connect you to the Harvard Business Review. To search for an article in HBR you need to know AT LEAST the title of the article. If you have other information such as the page numbers, or the volume and issue number, those may make searching easier.

Harvard Business Review

To do your article search do the following:

1. Click on the link above to connect to the Harvard Business Review page. If you are connecting from off-campus, you will need to authenticate with your ISU NetID password.

2. If you know the year and page numbers for an article, you can go to the year buttons on the right hand side, select a year and then find the article with the corresponding page numbers.

3. If you know the title of an article, click on the "Search within this publication" link at the top right side of the page.

4. On the next screen you will get a search box that is filled in with 'JN "Harvard Business Review"'. If you don't see multiple search boxes stacked on one another, click the "Advanced Search" button.

5. Put the title of your article in a separate search box and click "search."

6. You'll get a list of results. Find the one that matches your article. Click the pdf button to get a pdf version of your article. You can either save of print the article.

7. If you aren't able to find your article, modify your search to include an author name and year of publication.

8. If you're having difficulties finding items on a regular basis, please contact me.

Harvard Business Review Embargoed Articles

In spring 2013, Harvard Business Publishing announced that they place restrictions on the 500 most often cited articles in HBR. The restrictions include not being able to print or download the articles.

Because of our license agreement with Ebsco, our access to these articles appears (for now) not to be affected. In the event that the articles are not available through Ebsco, we do have both print and microfilm copies of the articles availalbe. The call number for HBR at the Library is HF5001 H261.

Faculty: To order copies of Harvard Business Publishing materials (cases, articles, etc.) for classroom use, contact Heather Dean at the ISU Bookstore (, 4-0237). She can work with you to arrange access for your students and make materials available.

Your Librarian

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Jeffrey Kushkowski
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Instruction & Information Services Coordinator
Business and Economics Librarian
150 Parks Library
Phone: 515 294-2408