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Albert S. Cook Library


Sources & strategies for business research.

Did You Know?

  • Cook Library provides historical and current access to Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles in various formats: paper, microform, and online. This guide gives you several options for locating specific articles/articles or browsing issues.

Accessing HBR in Paper & Microform Formats

  • Request the latest issues (current year only)  at the Periodicals desk, 2nd floor of Cook Library
  • Microform issues (1922-1954; 1960-1993) are also on the 2nd floor (with viewing equipment)
  • Paper back issues (bound volumes) back to 1955 are shelved on the 5th floor with the business books, at call number HF5001 .H3

Accessing HBR (1922 – current issues) online in the Business Source Complete Database

Step 1: Go to Business Source Complete Database

  • If Off-Campus:  You’ll need to log in with your NetID & password after you click on the database link.

Step 2: Go to Advanced Search

  • Select the “Advanced Search” link underneath the search boxes in the Business Source Complete Database

Step 3: Search for Your Article

The following screenshot illustrates a search for this sample article:

Levitt, T. (1960). Marketing Myopia. Harvard Business Review, 38(4), 45-56.

screenshot of search for article

Step 4: Locate the Full-Text of Your Article

Note: Selected articles in HBR are “read-only”: they must be read on the screen and cannot be saved, printed, emailed, or linked to.

screenshot of levitt article pointing out link to PDF file. Some articles are available in HTML format as well.

Alternative: Browse by Issue in Business Source Complete Database

You can also browse by issue within Business Source Complete to find a particular Harvard Business Review article.

You’ll need to know the year and/or volume AND the issue/month, as well as the author and/or article title.


  1. Go to Business Source Complete
  2. Click “Publications” at the top left of the Business Source Complete screen
  3. Do an “Alphabetical” search for Harvard Business Review (“Browsing – Business Source Premier – Publications”)
  4. Click “Harvard Business Review”
  5. On the far right side of the screen for HBR, drill down by year, then issue/month, to locate article