Important Restrictions to the Use of Harvard Business School and Harvard Business Publishing in Courses

Harvard Business School, and Harvard Business Publishing, including Harvard Business Review materials (articles, cases, chapters, etc.) can no longer be assigned as course material. Students will need to purchase articles through MBS Direct.

Due to publisher's restrictions, faculty/directors cannot assign articles from Harvard Business Review, Harvard Management Update and Harvard Management Communication (found in the Business Source Complete database), as well as anything published by Harvard Business School or Harvard Business Publishing, to students as course material. Faculty cannot request articles from these publications via eReserves. Faculty/directors can sign up for a free Harvard Business Publishing for Educators account to review ways to make materials available for the students to purchase.

As of August 1, 2013, Harvard Business Review became “read only” for 500 of the most popular Harvard Business Review articles. These articles may not be saved (downloaded) or printed due to the publisher's restrictions.

Visit Ask a Librarian for assistance locating similar materials from alternate publications.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can students still use Harvard Business School Press articles in their own research and cite them in their papers and coursework?
Yes. This use of Harvard Business School Press articles in Business Source Complete is allowed by the publisher. However, 500 of the articles may not be saved (downloaded) or printed due to the publisher's restrictions. There is not a list of which 500 articles are affected and the only way to determine this is to access the article via the database.

Can I direct students to find an assigned Harvard Business School Press article themselves in Business Source Complete? Isn’t this ok if I am not making a link to the article?
No. Even though Harvard Business School Press articles may remain available in Business Source Complete, they can no longer be used as course reading in any way per the publisher’s restrictions, regardless of how students are directed to the material.

Can I request a Harvard Business School Press article to be placed in eReserves?
No. You may sign up for a free Harvard Business Publishing for Educators account to review ways to make materials available for the students to purchase. You might consider alternative articles and publications that can be placed in eReserves. UMUC librarians are glad to assist you with locating similar materials from other publications that can be assigned to students as required readings; visit Ask a Librarian.

Does this change affect Harvard Business School Cases?
No. Harvard Business School Cases can still be requested for students to purchase through MBS by making a request through your academic director or program director.

Note: There is a section of Harvard Business Review called "HBR Case Study," which features a fictional scenario followed by commentary from industry experts. Because these articles are part of the publication Harvard Business Review, they cannot be assigned as course material per the publisher's restrictions.

Are there other options?
UMUC librarians will be glad to assist you with the process of searching for and choosing similar materials from other publications that can be assigned to students as required readings; visit Ask a Librarian.

Note: We can assist you with the search process. However as the instructor and subject expert, it is up to you to choose which resources are best for your courses and particular instructional needs.

Are any other journals affected?
No. At this time, Harvard Business School Press journals are the only journals restricted by the publisher in this way.

Other questions?
If you have additional questions, please contact Information and Library services via Ask a Librarian.