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Harvard Business Review

This guide provides instructions on how to access Harvard Business Review articles, case studies and other HB Publishing materials.

Finding Harvard Business Review Articles by Title

These instructions will help you find articles for Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Review Digital Articles (including blogs), Harvard Management Update, Harvard Management Communication Letter, and Harvard Business School Publication. 
Looking for HBR Coursepack
Step 1: Find articles by title and author in this library database: Business Source Complete (requires myGGU login) 

Step 2: Search Business Source Complete using this process:  Keep it simple. Type in each box: Title, Author (just one author's last name), and Harvard.

Step 3 (if needed): Watch a short video showing how to find HBR articles in Business Source Complete.

Sample article:  
Nonaka, I., & Takeuchi, H. (2011) The Wise Leader. Harvard Business Review, R1105B-PDF-ENG 
Step 3: Results List & Item Record 
• Which article is the correct one? For course readings, match authors & the publication date. 
• Look at the results list. To select an article, click the blue title to open the record. 
• With the article record open, you will find a PDF (if available), and a CITATION tool. 
• Can't find the article - click for SEARCH TIPS 
More Information: 
Library home page (includes 100+ databases for article searches) • More Harvard Business Review Info


I don't have the title or author. I'm looking for an article in Harvard Business Review on my topic. How do I search?

Click the tab Find Articles by Topic.

I found an article using the database Business Source Complete, but it will not let me print or save. Why?

Harvard Business Publishing copyright restrictions place limits on some articles - you may not be able to print or save. If the full text is available, you can read it online in the database.

The article you want may be in the print edition. Try your local public library!

Another option is to purchase the item from HBR.

Can't find the article?


When the simple search retrieves too many results, or not enough:
  • Are you using the correct database? Business Source Complete.
  • Check your typing and spelling
  • Search with Google to see if the citation is correct. Google search: title, author's last name, Harvard Business Review.
  • Remove punctuation from the title. DELETE : ! ?
  • Change Select a Field to TITLE
  • Change Select a Field to AUTHOR
  • Watch this short video if needed
  • If all else fails, contact us at

Do not edit or add to Harvard. Do not change the Select a Field.

WHY? Searching by publication is normally highly recommended, but with HBR it can be problematic. There are many different Harvard publications and putting too much information in this search field will likely keep you from finding what you need. Keep it simple! Only add keywords as needed.

Here is why things can get confusing:

To learn how to search by topic in HBR click:
Find Articles by Topic

Copyright & HBR

Harvard Business Publishing has very strict guidelines for copyright. It is important to understand that general fair use practices do not apply to HBR.
To avoid copyright infringement:

HBR case studies and articles should not be distributed or shared. Do not create direct links or post a URL.

Do not share PDFs or print and disseminate HBR case studies or articles.

HBR case studies and articles may not be requested through Interlibrary loan.

Questions? Ask us at

HBR Coursepack

Did your instructor set up a Harvard Business Review Coursepack?

Check the course syllabus for a URL - see if the article is in the HBR coursepack for your class. More...