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Why can't I access (or print) this Harvard Business Review article?

 Restricted access and use

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) imposes restrictions on access and use of its 500 most popular articles online.

This includes popular articles such as "What makes a leader," "Managing oneself," and "Are you solving the right problems?" 

Restrictions include not allowing direct links to top articles, and not allowing you to print or save online articles from the top 500. 


You CAN access these HBR articles (for personal research purposes). However you will need to follow some extra steps.


 Find and access HBR articles (including top 500)

If you try to access one of these top articles through a direct link, you will see a message saying, "Persistent linking is NOT permitted," or "The publisher offers limited access to this article. The full text cannot be viewed from a persistent link" (or something similar).

 To get the article you need, go directly to the HBR online through the Library Catalogue, then "Search within this publication" (option 1) or "drill down" (option 2) to find your article.

Option 1: "Search within this publication" for your article title

Search tips:

  1. Make sure JN "Harvard Business Review" stays in one of the search boxes 
  2. Use quotation marks around your article title for best results

Option 2: If you have a citation: The "drill-down" method

If you have a citation, including the date, volume, issue, and page numbers in which the article appeared, you can also drill down by browsing for the year in which your article appeared, then the volume, and so on.

Use this method to find articles via the Library's online subscription to the HBR, or for print copies of the HBR held here at SFU


 Printing or saving articles

Top 500 articles are available online as "read only," and you cannot download or print them.

You may scan or copy from a print copy of the HBR held here at SFU.

Why can’t I access Factiva articles I have emailed to myself?

The email function in Factiva will only send you the links to articles, rather than the articles themselves. Unfortunately, those links won't open from off campus.

You can avoid this problem by downloading your articles in pdf and rich text format and saving and/or emailing them so you will have access to them from anywhere.

Image showing location of PDF and RTF download buttons in the Factiva interface.

See also: How do I create a stable link to an article in Factiva? (FAQ).

If you need help, please ask a librarian for assistance.

Why is the Surrey Campus library known as the Fraser Library?

The Library at SFU Surrey is called the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Academic Library, or Fraser Library for short, in recognition of a generous donation to SFU Surrey made by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. 

Why should I care about copyright?

Use of copyrighted materials is protected under the law in Canada and we are subject to the Canadian Copyright Act. Additionally, the University has implemented policies, standards and guidelines that, as members of the university community, we are required to follow.

Simon Fraser University respects intellectual property and intellectual property laws, and will take appropriate steps to ensure consistent application of legal requirements throughout the University. It is the responsibility of each member of the university community to comply with copyright law and respect copyright ownership and licensing.  

Please note that staff at the University Library, Archives, Bookstore, Centre for Educational Excellence, Creative Services and Document Solutions have a professional responsibility to respect copyright law and may refuse to copy or print something if it is thought to be an infringement of copyright law.

Will the SLC help me with my resume or cover letter?

The Student Learning Commons (SLC) provides assistance for most writing with an academic purpose, including papers, theses, applications for graduate programs, and cover letters and resumes for positions related to your academic program, such as Co-op. 

For assistance with job-related cover letters and résumés, consult SFU Career Services or the Career Management Centre.

SLC staff and peer educators do not proofread or edit your work but do help you develop your own effective proofreading and editing strategies.


Will the SLC proofread or edit my work?

The Student Learning Commons (SLC) consultants will review portions of your work with you and help you develop your own effective proofreading or editing strategies. 

If you have approval from your course instructor or thesis supervisor to work with a professional editor, see the recommendations set out by the Dean of Graduate Studies, and the guidelines from the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC).  The EAC also provides suggestions for working with an editor and a directory of editors for hire.