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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)
    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)
  2. 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)
    Approved @Uhlan: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  3. 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)
    Approved @Dravecky: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  4. 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)
    Approved @Pigsonthewing: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  5. 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)
    Approved @Ruby2010: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  6. 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)
    Approved @Bruin2: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  7. 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)
    Approved @Yagasi: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  8. 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)
    Approved @Rus793: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  9. 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.
    Approved @Dawnseeker2000: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  10. 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)
    Approved @Jules78120: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  11. 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)
    Approved @Elvey: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  12. 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)
    Approved @Richerman: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  13. 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)
    Approved @Mike hayes: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
    Thank you.Mike Hayes (talk) 23:07, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  14. 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)
    Approved @EBY3221: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  15. 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)
    Approved @Y2kcrazyjoker4: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  16. 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)
    Approved @EricEnfermero: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  17. 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)
    @Hmich176: You don't have email enabled, could you please do so? Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
    @Nikkimaria: I have enabled email. My apologies - I thought I had it enabled already! --hmich176 13:12, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  18. 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)
    Approved @Skamecrazy123: Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  19. 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)
    Approved @Acdixon: If you already have HighBeam access with your current address you should be able to renew with the same one - it's mostly the free trials that create a problem with that. Expect an email shortly. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:17, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
  20. 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)
  21. Resolute (talk · contribs · count · email); renewal as my subscription has expired. Good/featured article writer on EN. Resolute 00:01, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
  22. Danhash (talk · contribs · count · email); renewal. Involved in WikiProject Telecommunications. —danhash (talk) 19:08, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
  23. Cerebellum (talk · contribs · count · email) Renewal, I will use this at AfC. --Cerebellum (talk) 16:55, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
  24. CaesarsPalaceDude (talk · contribs · count · email) First application. I work mainly on 70s music, and in particular progressive rock, and jazz-rock subjects. I often focus on artists who were moderately successful in the 70s, but are regarded as pretty obscure now. Often it is quite difficult to retrieve the reliable sources by google etc. Some of my time is spent adding inline citations to articles that really need some. Recently qualified for HighBeam. CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 11:06, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
  25. Jpcase (talk · contribs · count · email) I have been active on Wikipedia for several years and am mostly involved with WP:Animation. It's hard for me to say just how extensively I'll use HighBeam, but there have been several articles that I've wanted to access through the service. --Jpcase (talk) 22:58, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
  26. Chris troutman (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm a Wikipedia visiting scholar at University of California, Riverside. My access through them doesn't include HighBeam and I need an account to help research the myriad articles I'm writing for the university. Chris Troutman (talk) 03:42, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
  27. Tucoxn (talk · contribs · count · email) - I would like to re-new my access to Highbeam research. It has been useful in my past editing and research. I continue to be active adding references to Wikipedia articles. - tucoxn\talk 23:06, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
  28. JuneGloom07 (talk · contribs · count · email) – I too would like to re-new my access to HighBeam. I've found it to be invaluable and have used it frequently to improve and create articles. Thank you. - JuneGloom07 Talk 18:58, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
  29. WeijiBaikeBianji (talk · contribs · count · email) I actively edit articles on human intelligence and genetics and plan to update and expand several articles about those topics to good article or featured article status. I have not had access to HighBeam before, but I have recently seen citations to HighBeam resources on articles on my watchlist as other editors edit them, so I now have a sense of HighBeam can supplement my access to other sources. I will be glad to display the project insignia on my user page. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 02:19, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  30. Sagaciousphil (talk · contribs · count · email) I just tried to log in to HighBeam and discovered my access expired yesterday so I would like to re-new as it is a very useful resource. SagaciousPhil - Chat 16:54, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  31. Ashwin147 (talk · contribs · count · email)2,200 edits, 126 new articles, 2 years and counting. My wikibreak's coming to an end and I plan to work on new articles and updating articles to GA status in modern Indian history and culture. HighBeam will come in handy. Ashwin147 (talk) 17:19, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  32. JayJasper (talk · contribs · count · email) I have been an active editor on the English Wikipedia for 8 years and have made nearly 40,000 edits. I wish to renew my access to HighBeam Research as I have found it to be an invaluable for editing and research in past contributions to the project. Continued access would likewise be a boon to my future efforts in improving, creating, and credibly sourcing the content of Wikipedia. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.--JayJasper (talk) 21:05, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  33. Dr. Blofeld (talk · contribs · count · email) Per Sagacious, would like my access renewed, valuable resource.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:34, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
  34. Mackensen (talk · contribs · count · email) I've had HighBeam access since 2012 and found it valuable for articles relating to rail transportation in the United States. It appears that my access expired a few days ago. Thanks, Mackensen (talk) 13:50, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
  35. தமிழ்க்குரிசில் (talk · contribs · count · email) I am an active contributor in Tamil Wikipedia. I used to create articles about current happenings. I rely upon news. It will be helpful for me. -தமிழ்க்குரிசில் (talk) 17:31, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
  36. Deadbeef (talk · contribs · count · email) Active user after a long break, highest page creation concentration in military history areas which is where I would use the service. Have not previously used it. Would like to use the service for lesser-known-but-still-notable subjects who don't have an abundance of sources in the regular channels. Deadbeef 07:20, 22 December 2014 (UTC)