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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.

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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. Vchimpanzee (talk · contribs · count · email) I have close to if not more than 30K edits on English Wikipedia. I had a Highbeam account but apparently have to renew. However, I never actually used the account before because the articles I found were covered by a different HighBeam service. Hopefully that will change.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 14:14, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
    Vchimpanzee, can you explain? If you haven't found the account useful in the past, why reapply? Nikkimaria (talk) 02:59, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  2. czar (talk · contribs · count · email) renewal—humanities, history and philosophy of education, history of technology and interactive media, partial log of database usage: user:czar/db czar  04:00, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
  3. Ryūkotsusei (talk · contribs · count · email) Renew. I'm an active contributor in the field of video game consoles and the video game industry predating the current era. My specialty area deals with F-Zero and List of million-selling game consoles. These articles oftentimes have holes for which internet articles fall short and period-based sources archived through HighBeam would be useful in fleshing out these articles and generating more quality content.
  4. Hgilbert (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm an active contributor on a variety of themes. This access would primarily be useful for checking and correcting current events and updates to articles. HGilbert (talk) 02:57, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
  5. kbabej (talk · contribs · count · email) I am a very active user here on the English Wiki and focus mostly on biographies. Access to HighBeam would give me so many more resources in researching family connections, dates of birth/death, and other information about people. Newspapers are the most information-rich, and access to those would help my articles immeasurably! --Kbabej (talk) 00:29, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
  6. Rob Kam (talk · contribs · count · email) Local history, electronic music and electronics mostly. HighBeam will help me to access more information and good sources.
  7. Ctg4Rahat (talk · contribs · count · email) I usually work on the articles of History, Biography, Organizations, Culture in en and bn wiki. - Rahat (Talk * Contributions) 14:12, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
  8. Amqui (talk · contribs · count · email) I mainly contribute on French Wikipedia in various topics including history, geography and sciences, where I wrote a lot of articles including some featured articles. I also help sometime on the IRC help channel for English Wikipedia, so access to sources is very helpful to gauge admissibility of an article. I'm perfectly bilingual, so I can use references in English. Also, I often translate articles from English to French, so it's useful to have access to the references if they are used in the original article. Amqui (talk) 23:03, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
  9. Uhlan (talk · contribs · count · email) I often create articles about military history. Some of the articles have few resources, however, so it would be good to have a wider database. Uhlan talk 09:03, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
  10. Dravecky (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm an active content creator with 95K+ edits on eclectic topics. I would appreciate renewal of my Highbeam access. - Dravecky (talk) 09:43, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
  11. Pigsonthewing (talk · contribs · count · email) My account appears to have expired; I find it very useful and would appreciate its renewal. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 22:59, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
  12. Ruby2010 (talk · contribs · count · email) My account has expired, I believe, and I wish to renew it. I've used it frequently in the past and have plans to continue to do so. 31k+ contributions. Thank you! Ruby 2010/2013 03:46, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  13. Bruin2 (talk · contribs · count · email) I have been contributing to Wikipedia.en since 2010, particularly for topics involving Oklahoma history, though I have made some contributions in other areas as well. I have seen several references to materials on HighBeam or JSTOR, but have no access to either. Access to these should enable me to check information that is available on other public sources, as well as to find information that is not readily available. Bruin2 (talk) 04:47, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  14. Yagasi (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm a contributor to Ruwiki, Enwiki and Commons. Free online access to HighBeam will allow me to use more sources in a wide range of areas. --Yagasi (talk) 14:52, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  15. Rus793 (talk · contribs · count · email) Active editor 15,300+ edits, 280+ articles since 10 March 2013. As a new page patroller I add source citations, verify source citations and expand stubs. Rus793 (talk) 19:32, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
  16. Dawnseeker2000 (talk · contribs · count · email) During the initial round with Highbeam, it was used in the construction of what would become several good articles, including 1988 Armenian earthquake and 1995 Gulf of Aqaba earthquake. One is still being finalized (1971 San Fernando earthquake). My focus will stay on content creation for WikiProject Earthquakes.
  17. Jules78120 (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm a contributor 100,000+ edits (and sysop) to Frwiki, I'm a patroller and I create articles about feminism and newspapers/history of press. Access HighBeam will be useful to work on these subjects and to find sources when patrolling. Thanks, Jules78120 (talk) 11:18, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  18. Elvey (talk · contribs · count · email)I'm an active content contributor, mainly on en, involved in, e.g., topics in the news such as Ebola, copyvio policing. I run into Highbeam's paywall occasionally while editing, so I'm confident it'll be useful. TIA! 15:42, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  19. Richerman (talk · contribs · count · email) In 7 years I have made more than 18,000 edits and created a number of articles on diverse subjects (see my user page). I regularly try to improve the referencing in existing articles and contribute to the science reference desk. Richerman (talk) 17:51, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  20. Mike hayes (talk · contribs · count · email) I have made about 16, 000 edits and created several original articles, mainly biographies. I constantly provide verifiable sources for unreferenced information in articles by other editors. This occupies the majority of my editing time on Wikipedia. I also add references and images to sister Wikipedia projects in other languages when appropriate. When I find a PD image for a biography that has none, I add it to every other Wikipedia project that has the same article in another language. My research is done by using Google Book Search plus databases and microfilm available through the Los Angeles Public Library and my two California Community College libraries. As useful and comprehensive as these research tools are, there are many publications that are only available on Highbeam at this time and none of the three libraries I have access to subscribe to Highbeam. Having access to Highbeam will greatly increase my ability to provide references that have eluded me in the past. Mike Hayes (talk) 22:20, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  21. EBY3221 (talk · contribs · count · email) Active over 7 years, 4k+ named edits and many more besides, I mostly do BLP work - lots of cleanup edits especially on new articles as well as checking notability on new articles awaiting creation. RS Citations are the trench I live in, would love to have access to HighBeam instead of seeing that "you need an account to access this" a dozen times a day! EBY (talk) 02:09, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  22. Y2kcrazyjoker4 (talk · contribs · count · email) I've been active for 8 years, have 47,000+ edits. For the last 2 years, I have used the free Highbeam memberships made available to Wikipedia, and it has been invaluable to my work on baseball and music articles (particularly since searching the Google News archive is no longer possible). It has been vital to me in fighting linkrot, as well as replacing less verifiable references in articles. I'm requesting a renewal, as I'd like to continue to have it available as a research resource. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 15:41, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  23. EricEnfermero (talk · contribs · count · email) Active for almost three year, ~16,000 edits, largely to biographies involving athletes and academics. Applied for HighBeam renewal some time ago and thought I was still waiting on approval, but I think it may have been approved and already expired. EricEnfermero HOWDY! 06:04, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
  24. Hmich176 (talk · contribs · count · email) I've been a member of Wikipedia for just three weeks shy of 9 years, 7k+ edits, largely to articles involving United States Federal and Interstate highways, Pennsylvania state routes, articles involving amusement parks, ride manufacturers, and specifically those regarding Hersheypark. I have been utilizing as a paid subscriber to support resarch I am doing for various topics I mentioned. Having access to has been critical to my research efforts. Adding references to various articles has occupied a majority of my editing time on Wikipedia in recent months. Having access to HighBeam would certainly aid my research efforts. --hmich176 06:12, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
  25. Skamecrazy123 (talk · contribs · count · email) I've been a member of Wikipedia for nearly five years. I have been trying to do work on Amiga based articles, but sources are hard to come by. I believe Highbeam would allow me access to the sources needed to create these articles. --Skamecrazy123 (talk) 21:39, 25 November 2014 (UTC)
  26. Acdixon (talk · contribs · count · email) I wish to renew my account if I can do so using the same email address. I found out you can't do that with Questia. I don't want to create a bunch of junk email addresses every year just to maintain access. I did find Highbeam very helpful in my editing on Kentucky-related topics, mostly politics and sports. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 17:29, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
  27. Kmhkmh (talk · contribs · count · email) My account just expired, hence I'd like to renew it. I'm mainly active on en.wp and de.wp with a total of over 45k edits. I use highbeam for proofreading and extending articles and occasionally for the creation of new articles as well. Mostly in the areas of biography, music/literature/arts and recent history/current events.--Kmhkmh (talk) 10:02, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
  28. Resolute (talk · contribs · count · email); renewal as my subscription has expired. Good/featured article writer on EN. Resolute 00:01, 28 November 2014 (UTC)