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HighBeam Research
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Account Coordinator: Cerevisae

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 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 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 |first= Jonathan |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 |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. Erik (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have edited on Wikipedia since December 2005 and have over 70,000 edits. My main area of focus is film. Having HighBeam access would be a boon to provide background for film articles and will be a useful tool to see if film-related topics are notable at AfD discussions. (For what it is worth, I had access a few years ago, I believe a 1-year subscription, so my Wikipedia email may already be listed. Let me know if I need to do anything in this regard.) Erik (talk | contrib) (ping me) 01:04, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
    @Erik: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:14, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
  2. Kevin Gorman (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) - I previously had a Highbeam sub and found that they frequently had newspaper archives I couldn't retrieve elsewhere (interestingly, this was true even when I had other academic access.) As a lot of what I am likely to write about is Ca-specific and they have quite a few CA-specific holdings, highbeam renewal would be quite useful. Kevin Gorman (talk) 00:38, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Kevin Gorman: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:14, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
  3. Efe (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) - Basically improving Ed Sheeran articles at the moment. I intend to bring some of them to GA/FA status, and access to quality sources will be beneficial. Thank you. --Efe (talk) 15:50, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Efe: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:21, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Nikkimaria: Thank you. --Efe (talk) 14:09, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
  4. Seduisant (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) - I too previously had a Highbeam subscription but the site now asks me to subscribe ($$) after login so it appears I need renewal. The archive of newspaper articles here is invaluable. Thanks. And thanks for the recent Oxford access, too! --Seduisant (talk) 17:01, 4 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Seduisant: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:21, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
  5. AgnosticPreachersKid (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I no longer live in Washington, D.C. and without the D.C. library account, I no longer have free access to The Washington Post archives. I would like access to continue writing about D.C.-related topics. APK whisper in my ear 22:05, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
    @AgnosticPreachersKid: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Cerevisae (talk) 01:42, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks. APK whisper in my ear 04:43, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
  6. Laszlo Panaflex (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I previously had access to Highbeam via this project, but my account recently expired. I had not planned on renewing, but I just found a couple of links to Highbeam articles that I had previously set aside, and I'd like to get access to them again. Specifically these relate to a couple of former coaches from Indiana and New Mexico. One has just died (Norm Ellenberger), and I need access to a couple of those articles to source bio information from his youth. Thanks, Laszlo Panaflex (talk) 00:49, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Laszlo Panaflex:X mark.svg Not done I can help you with the article sources. Expect an email shortly regarding your enquiries. Cerevisae (talk) 01:42, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
  7. MRG90 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been an active user on Persian Wikipedia since 2011. I received access to HighBeam Research last year. My account is expired now and I'd like to renew it. HighBeam is a very useful website. Since I received it last year via The Wikipedia Library, I have used it frequently. I always surf it whenever I want to write a new article or improve an article to a good or featured one (usually on Persian Wikipedia). See some of the articles which I have created by using HighBeam: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ... MRG90 (talk) 19:11, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
    @MRG90: On hold You have not enabled your email address in your Persian wikipedia account. Please enable it so that details can be sent into your mailbox. Cerevisae (talk) 01:42, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Cerevisae: Hi. It had already been enabled. Can you check it again? Thanks. MRG90 (talk) 10:32, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
    @MRG90: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Cerevisae (talk) 11:33, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
  8. Aditya Kabir (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My editing is a bit random, though I have a bias towards movies, clothes, Bangladesh and history. For recent history and information on marginal subjects nothing beats newspapers. I was a highbeam subscriber through TWL. Looks like my one year is over. Aditya(talkcontribs) 02:55, 19 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Aditya Kabir: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Cerevisae (talk) 06:24, 19 November 2015 (UTC)
  9. Sp33dyphil (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Given that I've just recently resumed editing Wikipedia, I'm looking to regain access to HighBeam so as to do a bit more content creation. Regards, --Sp33dyphil ©hatontributions 21:32, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Sp33dyphil: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Cerevisae (talk) 23:31, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
  10. Kotivalo (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Over the past four years, I have started some 2,000 articles and made some 50,000 edits on the Finnish Wikipedia. My major interests are cinema, other visual arts, biographies, music, business, and marketing. I believe I would greatly benefit from HighBeam in my new article generation and in verifying unsourced material in existing articles on fi-wiki and en-wiki. –Kotivalo (talk) 22:00, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
    @Kotivalo: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Cerevisae (talk) 00:48, 23 November 2015 (UTC)