Set Your Cites on HeinOnline

Citations, Exploring HeinOnline, What's New
Kaylyn Zurawski

HeinOnline consistently strives to improve users’ research experiences by enhancing existing features and developing new tools.

The HeinOnline interface provides several tools related to citations. HeinOnline is easy to cite from and find citations in, and users are able to export citations to various platforms. Check out some of these cite tools below! 

Citation Tab

Easily retrieve a document by clicking the citation tab on the main search bar from any page in HeinOnline.

Citation Format Guide

To find proper abbreviations, use the Citation Format Guide located under the citation tab option in the main search bar. Use the A-Z index to locate a title, and click either the title or its abbreviation to enter volume and page numbers in the boxes provided. Note that many titles appear several times because multiple citation formats are integrated into HeinOnline.

Simply click on “Citation Format Guide” to view a list of titles, sorted alphabetically. Browse by Title Name or Citation.

When a title has multiple citations, they will all be listed in the Citation Format Guide.

Click on either the title or citation to enter the volume number and page number.

Database Specific Citation Navigator

Multiple databases in HeinOnline have their own Citation Navigators. From within a database, click the “Citation” tab above the search bar. If the database has its own Citation Navigator, a “Citation Navigator” option will appear below the search bar.

For example, the Law Journal Library has its own Citation Navigator:

Highlighted Citations in HeinOnline

Citations on pages in HeinOnline are highlighted for easy navigation among related documents. If a citation exists in HeinOnline, the citation is highlighted in blue.

Clicking the hyperlink directs the user to the document referenced in the citation:

Use the Cite Button Located in HeinOnline

Located above the table of contents of any document in HeinOnline is the cite button:

This tool provides the document’s citation in multiple citation formats including American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago, Bluebook, and recently, the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).


Many of HeinOnline’s features and tools have been developed as result of customer feedback. Recently, we were able to add a new citation format in HeinOnline thanks to a user’s suggestion. The Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) is now available as a citation format.

OSCOLA was first devised by Peter Birks in 2000, in consultation with law students and faculty at Oxford University, and with Oxford University Press and Hart Publishing. It is used by the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and the editors of that journal have also played an important role in its development.

Although originally designed for use within Oxford University, OSCOLA is now used by law schools throughout the UK and overseas, and by a number of legal journals and publishers.

Export your Journal Citations

Users have the ability to export journal citations to Refworks, Endnote, or as a Text File from the cite button in HeinOnline.

Use MyHein to Export Journal Citations to Multiple Sources

MyHein is HeinOnline’s personal research tool. Anyone with access to a HeinOnline subscription can create one or more MyHein accounts. MyHein accounts are not attached to a specific HeinOnline subscription.

To create an account, from within HeinOnline, click the “MyHein” tab located at the top of the screen and choose “Create an Account.”

With a MyHein account, export journal citations to Refworks, Endnote, Zotero (RIS file), and the newest option, BibTeX, which works in conjunction with Digital Measures.

From within a MyHein account, users can select the journal articles they would like to export. The export options are located in the upper right-hand corner:

Check the boxes next to one or more bookmarks, and then select from the export options.

Note that the CSV, Refworks, Endnote, RIS files, and BibTex options are only available for journal articles.

We Want Your Feedback!

The HeinOnline team encourages users to submit ideas and feedback; this may be done via emaillive chat, or from the Help drop-down menu in the HeinOnline interface.

For help searching or navigating HeinOnline, contact the dedicated support team at (800) 277-6995, email us, or chat with us!

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