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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 for 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 representatives of the Wikipedia Library 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. Tell us what area you are active in and how you'll use the HighBeam resources
  1. User:Zambelo Zambelo - I'm primarily active in New Religious Movement-related articles, which suffer from a low amount of scholarly sources. I would improve these articles and increase neutrality by providing a greater range of quality references. Zambelo; talk 04:15, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
    Hi Zambelo, you don't appear to have a valid email enabled - could you please do so? Nikkimaria (talk) 20:16, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
  2. User:Mabalu Mabalu - my main focus is fashion and textiles articles, incluidng biographical articles, but I do edit generally across Wikipedia depending on what I come across, focused on both creating new articles, and verifying & sourcing existing ones. Often it is difficult to find material due to the nature of fashion writing online (many blogs, bumft, and non-RS) so I think Highbeam would be VERY helpful for me here with providing good sources and citations. Mabalu (talk) 15:34, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
  3. User:The Drover's Wife The Drover's Wife - I'm primarily interested in Australian history, and there's a number of journals on HighBeam in particular that I'd love to get my hands on. I don't have journal access by any other means, so on a number of topics (labour history being one I just found a thrilling amount of content on) I could do much more work with this access. The Drover's Wife (talk) 15:38, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
  4. User:BsBsBs Active for years, mainly on car-related topics. BsBsBs (talk) 17:12, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
  5. User:Davewild Would like to get HighBeam access again, which I had from 2012 to 2013 when it was very useful. Mainly active in elections and also on AFDs. Davewild (talk) 18:38, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
  6. User:Imzadi1979, active for over 6 years in content related to highways and road transportation in the United States, specifically Michigan (Highbeam has a lot of Michigan newspapers since the parent company is based here.) My account through the Wikipedia Library has apparently expired. Imzadi 1979  23:14, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
  7. User:JackofOz: When researching articles, I have often been frustrated to find a tantalising High Beam first page online but am unable to read further. I am very active, mainly in the the area of classical music. I have well over 100,000 edits and have initiated many hundreds of articles. Thanks. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 23:23, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
  8. User:SL93 I would like HighBeam access to research content for expanding and writing articles, as well as search for sources in AfD. I'm active in AfD, DYK, and article creation/expansion. I had to take a break for a while for my education with only edits here and there, but I am now able to contribute like I used to. I have thousands of edits and my account has been open for a few years. Edit- I might have add account assess Wikipedia before. SL93 (talk) 00:19, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  9. User:MeegsC I'd like to renew, please! Active since 2007, primarily writing about biological topics. MeegsC (talk) 01:24, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  10. User:BlackCab: I have written and edited many articles related to Jehovah's Witnesses in terms of sociology and their beliefs and activities, including corporate business activities. I am also contributing to a food-related article, which relies extensively on scientific papers to which I would like access. I have been active on Wikipedia since 2006 with almost 10,000 edits. BlackCab (TALK) 02:47, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  11. Torchiest: I'd had access to HighBeam from September 2012 to August 2013 and used it to reference a huge number of borderline BLPs. I'd love to renew after a year break. I anticipate referencing more BLPs, as well as old media like music and video games from 1980s and 1990s, for which online sources are scant, and some science-related articles here and there. Thanks! —Torchiest talkedits 04:16, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  12. User:Wifione I am active in AFDs and would like to spruce up articles that can be saved from AFD with reliable sourcing. HighBeak would be helpful in that. Thanks. Wifione Message 08:32, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  13. User:GliderMaven I am active in technical areas relating to flight, motors and electric motors, and I wish to better reference and expand these types of articles. HighBeam should help with that quite a bit.GliderMaven (talk) 16:49, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  14. User:Laszlo Panaflex I've been editing for several years, especially active the past two years, about four thousand edits. Most of my work concentrates on medieval history pages, as well as on figures from the University of New Mexico administration and sports. A broader research resource would be most helpful to my work. Laszlo Panaflex (talk) 16:55, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  15. User:Anupmehra - Well, my Wikipedia user account is more than a year old, and it also has more than 10,000 edits. I'd love to have free access to HighBeam, because it'd be helpful in multiple ways, as such, in saving notable articles from afd, adding citations and creating new articles, all in turn to expand horizons of encyclopedia. Regards, Anupmehra -Let's talk! 20:46, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  16. User:Calidum - Having access to high beam would allow me to find references for articles I'm interested in, particularly for topics related to U.S. politics and New England. Calidum Talk To Me 22:13, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  17. The Whispering Wind - Google News is becoming increasingly ineffective for identifying sources relating to schools and other education articles and such articles risk being deleted not because the sources do not exist but because they are not accessible. HighBeam has good coverage of the relevant articles and access would assist me in developing articles. The Whispering Wind (talk) 22:29, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  18. User:Lfstevens - Hi. I have edited more than 10k articles. I am a member of the Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors. My substantive edits focus on batteries, materials science, genetic engineering, marine subjects and Hawaii. Many of these are poorly cited - Highbeam would be a big help. I have started 50+ articles on such subjects. Thanks!
  19. User:Msnicki, Active in AfDs, often searching for sources to support notability. I have been active for just over 8 years and have a bit over 6,600 edits. Msnicki (talk) 05:07, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  20. User:Sionk, almost 35,000 edits under my belt, I'm active in a variety of areas, including creating and improving articles, reviewing articles at AfC and participating in AfD's. I'd be delighted to have access to some of the quality paywall news sources, rather than the usual selection of tabloids! Sionk (talk) 11:09, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  21. User:I am One of ManyI have been an editor since December, 2012 with over 20,000 edits and over 30 DYKs. I create a variety of articles ranging from NRHP articles to biographies, science, and documentary film articles, all requiring access to newspaper articles. I am One of Many (talk) 14:27, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  22. User:IronGargoyle. 60,000+ edits. I hope to use this for articles on an assortment of DYKs, but my primary focus will be articles on amusement parks and roller coasters. IronGargoyle (talk) 16:38, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  23. User:Paulscrawl Editor over 10 years, also reviewer, specializing in carefully adding high-quality citations to existing articles, though I've also created a few. Looking to add more articles as availability of reliable sources for local history permit. Interested in adding High Beam to repertoire for revitalizing dormant Project New Orleans, a city undergoing major structural and cultural changes post-Katrina, as well as adding newsworthy citations to assorted topical articles that pass my way. Thank you for providing this great resource! Paulscrawl (talk) 18:18, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  24. Oldbeeg (talk · contribs) I find myself creating and editing academic and writer articles. HighBeam information would be very useful. Best, Old Beeg ··warble·· 03:35, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  25. Danimations (talk · contribs · count · email) I'm keen to use Highbeam's resources to expand and create content on natural history and industrial history subjects. I have done this to some extent already with freely available journals and Australian newspapers from Trove, and look forward to expanding my range of sources to include Highbeam texts. Danimations (talk) 14:34, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  26. Rikster2 (talk · contribs · count · email) I had a Highbeam account but believe that it has lapsed. I have been a WP editor since 2006 with 55,000+ edits and have created over 400 full articles. I work primarily on basketball articles and have an interest in filling in historical figures that this access would greatly help. Rikster2 (talk) 17:44, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  27. Jacqke (talk · contribs · count · email) Such a common occurrence: I am pursuing a very relevant reference for an article online only to find it is JSTOR and I cannot read the reference. I write biographies and also musical history oriented articles. The article Mandore (instrument) is an example. Access to online academic research archives would help me by allowing me access to better quality references.Jacqke (talk) 20:18, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  28. Prioryman (talk · contribs) I also had a Highbeam account from 2012-13 but it has lapsed. I've been an editor since 2004; I've made around 50,000 edits in that time and have created numerous FAs and GAs (see my user page for a list). Highbeam would be very useful in helping with my main areas of focus (mainly history, archaeology and related topics). Prioryman (talk) 20:21, 31 July 2014 (UTC)