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HighBeam Research
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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. 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)
    Maybe I will. All I can say is when I found useful information and tried to get to it, I couldn't, and when I asked for help, I was told that's not the type of Highbeam account I have. Perhaps someone could get me the kind of account that allows me access to business articles. Those I would be likely to use.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 19:40, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
    @Vchimpanzee: Well, we haven't changed the account type we have available, so you won't be able to access those articles that you couldn't access before, unfortunately. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:11, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
  2. The C of E (talk · contribs · count · email) I've been on Wikipedia since April 2008 with over 16,000 edits and the creator of numerous articles, DYKs and GAs. I would like HighBeam in order to access more sources relating to sports, politics and Christianity so I am able to include more information in my articles. The C of E God Save the Queen! (talk) 16:13, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @The C of E: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  3. Gobonobo (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm a member of WikiProject Women's History and would like to renew my access mostly so that I can work on entries from Women in World History. gobonobo + c 19:32, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Gobonobo: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  4. Harrias (talk · contribs · count · email) I am requesting a renewal of my Highbeam account. During my first year, I used it frequently, but in the last year I rarely edited after the birth of my daughter. I am now active again, and hoping to be able to use the resources for both local history (Taunton, Somerset) and cricket articles. Harrias talk 21:31, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Harrias: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  5. YohanN7 (talk · contribs · count · email) - Doing edits in math and physics articles and researching on my own for pure pleasure. Recent articles: Group structure and the axiom of choice, Closed subgroup theorem and Derivative of the exponential map, mostly my work: Representation theory of the Lorentz group and Classical group. Access to references and original research articles boosts productivity in writing and editing WP articles. YohanN7 (talk) 12:56, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @YohanN7: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  6. Teblick (talk · contribs · count · email) I have edited on Wikipedia for slightly more than one year, with 43 articles created and more than 4,000 edits. My primary area of interest is old-time radio. I am requesting a subscription to HighBeam to have access to publications that will enhance articles that I create and help me to improve existing articles. Thanks! Eddie Blick (talk) 21:36, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Teblick: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks! I received the email. I'm going to the designated pages now to find out how to use the service. I appreciate your help.Eddie Blick (talk) 13:52, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  7. ThaddeusB (talk · contribs · count · email) I have a lot of experience in new article creation (200+) and work primarily in recent news events. I have perused HighBeam on a few subjects I wanted to write about recently and in all cases found articles I would like to use as sources. --ThaddeusB (talk) 04:05, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @ThaddeusB: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  8. Viriditas (talk · contribs · count · email) I have 137k edits and I've been active on Wikipedia for more than ten years. I've created and improved hundreds of articles, and I've actively used HighBeam since it was first offered to check sources on GAR as well as adding sources in my own GANs. I'm a bit embarrassed, because an article I recently nominated, Frances Ames, is currently under GAR, and I'm unable to access the HighBeam articles I added as sources since my subscription ran out without my knowledge. Therefore, this is a request for a renewal. Viriditas (talk) 00:03, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Viriditas: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  9. Ethically Yours (talk · contribs · count · email) I edit a lot of articles, with 75% of my contributions being to article space. Highbeam is a valuable resource and access to it will greatly benefit. EthicallyYours! 16:49, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
    Approved @Ethically Yours: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
  10. czar (talk · contribs · count · email) renewal—humanities, history and philosophy of education, history of technology and interactive media, lots of use at AfD; partial log of database usage: user:czar/db czar  15:33, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
  11. Haminoon (talk · contribs · count · email) Music and politics mainly. Haminoon (talk) 01:42, 26 January 2015 (UTC)