Tip of the Week: How to Set Up an Email Alert on HeinOnline's ScholarCheck Citations Feature

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Do you keep track of how many times an article has been cited in HeinOnline's Law Journal Library?  Perhaps you track an article you have written, articles your faculty or staff have written, or a specific article of interest; no matter the case, this tip will demonstrate how to set up an email alert for that article to alert you when new cites are available.

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The first thing you should do, if you do not already have one, is create a MyHein account.  To do this, click on the MyHein tab from within the Law Journal Library (or any library in HeinOnline).  Then click Create an Account under the Log In button and follow the on-screen instructions.  If you already have a MyHein account you can log in.


Next, you should identify the Bluebook citation used for the article in HeinOnline.  For our example, we want to track how many times the article "Land Use for Energy Conservation and Sustainable Development: A New Path Toward Climate Change Mitigation" by John Nolan is cited by other articles in the Law Journal Library.  To identify the Bluebook citation, open the article in HeinOnline, and click Citation from the toolbar.  Here you will find the Bluebook citation format, 27 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 295.


Now, highlight and copy the citation format.  Then follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the Search tab in the upper left corner, then click on Field Search.  
  2. Paste the citation format into the first search box next to the text drop down.  Add quotations around the citation.
  3. Deselect the following two options at the bottom of the field search form:

    • Include external articles
    • Include results from other HeinOnline collections
  4. Click search.  

    • This example returns one result, indicating the article has been cited by one other article in the Law Journal Library.  
  5. Below the list of results is a drop down menu that says Save to MyHein Bookmarks.  From this drop down menu, select Save to MyHein Search Queries and click Save/Email.  
  6. Create a new tag or select a tag you've already created and click Enter Into Research.  

    • You can view your Saved Search Queries from the MyHein menu.  
    • Each month when we add new content to the database, the system will automatically check for new results that match this saved search query.  
    • If new results exist, you will receive an email alert notifying you of the new results, thus indicating there is a new cite for the article.  

If you are not familiar with MyHein and need help in creating an account or saving a search query, download our MyHein Users Guide.