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HighBeam Research
Sign up for free access to HighBeam's online resources
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You can reapply each year when your access expires
Account Coordinator: Nikkimaria will be approving accounts and collecting email addresses.

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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H This user has access to HighBeam through The Wikipedia Library

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 or on your home wiki linked from your application; (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

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered.


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.


External video
Introduction to HighBeam
  • 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= }}</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. Sky Harbor (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Requesting for renewal of my access. HighBeam has an extensive archive for the Manila Bulletin and the Manila Times, two major Philippine newspapers, and I'm beginning to migrate references using these two newspapers to HighBeam as the newspapers' websites are notoriously unreliable when it comes to maintaining older articles. It would be really great if I can get access again. :) --Sky Harbor (talk) 04:33, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
    @Sky Harbor: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:26, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
  2. Random86 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I think HighBeam will help me add references to music-related articles I'm working on. Random86 (talk) 01:19, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
    @Random86: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:21, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
  3. MohandesWiki (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I think HighBeam will help me add references to medicine-related articles I'm working on.MohandesWiki 22:03, 26 July 2015 (UTC)
    @MohandesWiki: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 18:46, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
  4. Rhododendrites (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Looking to renew. I've used HighBeam quite a bit on a variety of articles. Particularly handy when looking for sources at AfD, but I've used it in history, cultural studies, and technology topics among others. Thanks. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 03:11, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
    @Rhododendrites: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 18:46, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
  5. meetthefeebles (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)Looking to renew. I've used High Beam in the past for geographical articles on Tyne & Wear and on Sports articles such as Gateshead International Stadium. I'm currently working on Jackie Milburn and HB access will hopefully give me access to much needed match reports and reliable statistical data for that era... Meetthefeebles (talk) 20:03, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
    @Meetthefeebles: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 18:46, 3 August 2015 (UTC)