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HighBeam Research is an online, subscription-based search engine for newspapers, magazines, academic journals, newswires, trade magazines and encyclopedias. The site has access to over 80 million articles from 6,500 publications, most of which are not available free elsewhere on the internet. Thousands of new articles are added daily, archives date back over 25 years including trade journal, newspaper articles, and peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of subjects and industries; and there are tools for finding, saving, organizing, and sharing information as documents. Aside from a free seven-day trial (credit card required), access to HighBeam costs $30 per month or $200 per year for the first year and $300 for subsequent years.

As of March 13, 2012 HighBeam has generously agreed to give free, full-access one-year accounts for Wikipedia editors to use, at the discretion of the community. HighBeam is excited about this and does not expect there to be a shortage of these free, one-year accounts; however, editors will have to have a one-year-old account and 1000 edits in order to qualify for one. At the end of one year, editors who found the resource useful can simply re-apply.

Userbox and Topicon[edit]

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There is also a topicon available for those that prefer that less obtrusive measure: {{Wikipedia:HighBeam/Topicon}}


  • You do not have free online access to these HighBeam products through your local library or university
  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of 1 year old
  • You have a minimum of 1000 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You are active in content generation, research, and/or verification work


Approved editors may
  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content
  • Comply with any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the HighBeam website they are accessing
Approved editors will not
  • Share their account logins or passwords with others
  • Mass scrape or mass download HighBeam content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Use the access provided through the Pilot for any commercial purpose
Private and confidential information
  • You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate. You understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia Library, and HighBeam Research. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or HighBeam Research), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


  • Editors should always provide original citation information, in addition to linking a HighBeam article, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT
  • Editors should not provide bare links to non-free HighBeam pages
  • Editors should note "(subscription required)" in the citation, where appropriate
<ref>{{Cite news |last= Brunt |title= Solidly GOP District Seeing Spirited Race; Shea's Views Seem to Provide Opening for Biviano |newspaper= [[The Spokesman-Review]] |subscription= yes |via=[[HighBeam Research]] |accessdate= February 10, 2014 |date= October 13, 2012 |first= Jonathan |url= http://www.highbeam/doc/1P2-33774539.html }}</ref>

Apply or renew your account[edit]

  • Add your username below using #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}} . Tell us what area you are active in and how you'll use the HighBeam resources
  1. Ceradon (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm active in content generation, meet all the criteria. Trying to get a rewrite of the Kurt Vonnegut article done in my sandbox. HighBeam access would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. --ceradon (talkcontribs) 04:11, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Ceradon: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:31, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
  2. Fluffernutter (talk · contribs · count · email) My Highbeam access seems to have expired at some point. I'm currently working on two articles about public disasters and news archive access from the periods they happened in will be very helpful. A fluffernutter is a sandwich! (talk) 17:56, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Fluffernutter: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:31, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
  3. Jeremy112233 (talk · contribs · count · email) My Highbeam access has been a great help; I have used it hundreds of times over the past year to create dozens of articles on businesses (mainly the fashion industry) or technology concepts and make thousands of edits. It is especially helpful in dealing with new articles, in order to fully vet whether or not they pass WP:GNG. I would like to renew my access so I can continue this work. Jeremy112233 (Lettuce-jibber-jabber?) 23:43, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Jeremy112233: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:31, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
  4. onel5969 (talk · contribs · count · email) I go on binges, usually to help out in an area that is getting behind (like copyediting or AfC). I'm also involved in the film and city projects. While I became a user in 2009, I truly didn't get involved until December 2013. Since then I have over 25,000 edits, including about 200 article creations. I think this would help in the film area, as I do quite a bit of editing on actors and directors, particularly from the 1930s-50s. But it would probably also help on the city pages as well. Onel5969 (talk) 21:06, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Onel5969: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  5. SciGal (talk · contribs · count · email) I have been an editor since June 26, 2009, and I have about 1,396 edits. I am interested in using HighBeam in my articles. Right this second, I have been using NewsBank and Questia for newspaper articles, but I have found articles in HighBeam's list of search results (that I can access for free through their website) that I have not read in either source. I do not have access to HighBeam in any way. Can I please have access to it? SciGal (talk) 17:55, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @SciGal: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  6. brianhe (talk · contribs · count · email) Renewal: 10 year editor, 40,000+ edits. My 1-year account expired. Very helpful for developing new articles (e.g. User:Brianhe/Created#2014). I'm also using jstor but Highbeam is better for general-interest subjects. Brianhe (talk) 09:14, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Brianhe: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  7. Dear ODear ODear (talk · contribs · count · email) Articles on Swedish topics and recent international relations, which lately have included American BLPs. LLAP, Dear ODear ODear (is a) 17:34, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
    Dear ODear ODear, it looks like even with your other account included, you don't yet meet the minimum edit count requirement for access. I would encourage you to reapply once you've reached it; in the interim, you can use the Resource Exchange to ask for any specific sources you might need. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
    @Nikkimaria: Thank you for your kind words and helpful suggestion. Best regards, DearODear 06:41, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  8. The Banner (talk · contribs · count · email) Renewal My former account is expired. I write articles for both the Dutch and English Wikipedia, with a focus of Ireland. The Banner talk 17:58, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @The Banner: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  9. Tokyogirl79 (talk · contribs · count · email) Renewal. My account has expired and so far I've found this extremely useful. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 04:57, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Tokyogirl79: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  10. Sam Sailor (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm active in content creation and for the moment actively helping out at AfC, where a recent request for help pointed me in the direction of HighBeam. -- Sam Sailor Talk! 15:14, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Sam Sailor: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  11. GauchoDude (talk · contribs · count · email) To be honest, not a clue as to how many "edits" I've got as I don't keep count nor know how to, but it's certainly more than 1,000. I started editing to Wikipedia in college (probably around 2005-2007 somewhere) and have found my focus to mainly be soccer (specifically women's soccer), Santa Barbara (specifically surrounding the University of California, Santa Barbara), and BLP's. I would use the resource to further those goals and any requests put to me. GauchoDude (talk) 16:24, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @GauchoDude: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  12. David Fuchs (talk · contribs · count · email) Found Highbeam highly useful for recentish articles now behind paywalls or lost from site redesigns; primarily interested in usage for film and media articles. Der Wohltemperierte Fuchs(talk) 22:03, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @David Fuchs: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  13. AFBorchert (talk · contribs · count · email) I had an Highbeam account which expired. I would be grateful if this could be renewed, mainly to access Irish newspapers for my work on Irish articles at de:wp. Thanks. --AFBorchert (talk) 10:37, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @AFBorchert: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:21, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
    Thank you! I received the email and was able to renew my account. --AFBorchert (talk) 21:27, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
  14. Hobbes Goodyear (talk · contribs · count · email) Please renew my Highbeam account, which has recently expired. Actively used to add cites, such as here and here and here. Focus is mainly music and AfD candidates. --Hobbes Goodyear (talk) 08:33, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Hobbes Goodyear: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:21, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
  15. RHM22 (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm involved mostly in creating and improving numismatic articles on the English-language Wikipedia. I've contributed to nine featured articles, one featured list, three good articles and several DYK items. I think HighBeam access would help to fill resource gaps when writing on obscure and well-known subjects.-RHM22 (talk) 01:45, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @RHM22: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:21, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
  16. Godot13 (talk · contribs · count · email) A fellow editor was able to find information for me that I was otherwise unable to locate. I am involved in numismatics and related history. I've written five featured lists and several DYKs, have almost 6,700 edits, and this ability to find additional sources would be very helpful.
    Approved @Godot13: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 14:29, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
  17. Bruce1ee (talk · contribs · count · email) My subscription has expired – I find HighBeam very helpful and request that my account be renewed when possible. I've been on the English Wikipedia for 10 years with over 50,000 edits, including 78 DYK creation/expansion credits, 13 GA promotion credits, an FA credit, and many other content creations and expansions. Thank you. —Bruce1eetalk 13:20, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Bruce1ee: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:51, 30 March 2015 (UTC)