HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: What is an external section type?

Law Journal Library, Searching, Tips and Tricks

When conducting a field or advanced search in the Law Journals Library, by default External is selected as a section type to search across. Thus, when conducting a Title or Author search across all default section types in the Journals library, you may get results that are listed as [external]. So, what exactly is an External section type?

The External section type contains links to law review articles that do not reside inside the HeinOnline database. These are electronically published law review articles, usually not distributed in print format and only made available online via the web. As these articles do not fit the typical structure of a bound book with pagination, they do not work within the HeinOnline database model. Therefore, we have included links to these articles in the search results in order to provide you with even greater access to resources that supplement the content available in HeinOnline. Providing links to external law review articles allows you to conduct your research in one place and on one website.

The only time you will receive search results that include external articles is if you conduct a creator/author or title search and choose to search across External or All section types. The title and creator/author fields are the only meta-data input into HeinOnline for external law review articles. Therefore, if you conduct a text search across all section types in the Journals Library, your results will not include any external articles. If you conduct a title or author search across all section types, your results may include links to external articles.

Searching across the External section type can be useful if you are looking for a specific article written by an author and are unable to find the full text article in HeinOnline. For example, if you search across only articles in the Law Journals Library written by author Bradford L. Smith, you will get the following results:

If the article you are looking for is not returned as a result, then try to expand the search by selecting External as a section type. If we select External on the same example as above, our results will increase from 2 to 3 to include an additional external law review article written by Bradford L. Smith:

External journals are intended to provide you with access to more research materials in one place, thus optimizing your time spent researching on the web.