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How to access Harvard Business Review

You find an interesting Harvard Business Review (HBR) article on the web and want to read the full-text.

Note – newer version with latest Electronic Journals A to Z list – How to access Harvard Business Review (Aug 2012)

HBR website - article

HBR website – article (click to expand)

You have found your article – keep title, author, year and issue (i.e. the bibliographic details) to hand.

University of Manchester students and staff do not have to pay but you do have to access HBR via a journals database.

If you are accessing from a mobile device you can use the   EBSCOhost app.

Using a browser, follow these steps:

HBR on e-journal A-to-Z list

HBR on e-journal A-to-Z list (click to expand)

1. Goto the e-journals A-to-Z list.

(For example goto www.mbs.ac.uk/library  select eResources – Electronic Journals and then A-Z Electronic Journals)

2. Search Electronic Journals A-to-Z list

Search for all journals with the words “harvard business review ” in their title.

The result indicates that the University subscribes to HBR through the journal database Business Source Premier.

Note the access information, especially if you are off-campus.

EBSCO login page for HBR

login page – off-campus (click to expand)

3. Authenticate your access to Business Source Premier

This step will vary depending on whether you are on-campus or on-campus.

On-campus, your PC is recognised as belonging to the University and no additional authentication is required.

If you are off-campus you need to select the Shibboleth login link and provide your details (for more detail see previous access Harvard Business Review post).

If you are off-campus and using the VPN software then you are virtually on-campus.

HBR All issues

HBR All issues (click to expand)

4. Select the HBR issue

When you get to the HBR page on Business Source Premier (EBSCO host):

Expand the year (from the article’s bibliographic details) and then select the relevant issue.


Use the search within this publication link.

HBR article

HBR article (click to expand)

5. Get the article

When you get to the page for a HBR issue:

Scroll through the articles to find the one that you want


Amend the search at the top of the page with further details e.g. author surname, title keywords …

You can download the full-text by selecting the PDF full text link.

Use the add to folder link and then the folder view and export to add the bibliographic details to your reference management system.


For other articles from other journals the stages are the same but the details will vary depending on the journal database. For more information look at our research guides or FAQ answers on e-journals.


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