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HBR Restrictions

Harvard Business Publishing has a usage policy that forbids the use of articles published in the Harvard Business Review as required readings in academic and corporate courses unless it is done by creating coursepacks through "Harvard Business Publishing for Educators."

Coursepacks cost nothing to create, but students must pay to access them.
They also cannot be retrieved through Interlibrary Loan.
(see link below)

The full note restricting usage will be found at the end of each article in the Harvard Business Review and is reprinted below:

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

Further Information

When the librarians from Youngstown State University contacted Harvard Business Publishing, HBP's response included the following note (see guide below):

One thing to note is that if the HBR articles are not required reading, but just recommended/suggested, then the professor could have the students access the articles through the library's EBSCO database subscription system.

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