You may have heard that Hein is the world’s largest distributor of law and law-related periodicals. What you may not know is that over the past few years, HeinOnline has become increasingly vital to other areas of study and practice as well, due to its growing popularity and range of content. While we still value and cater to the needs of our longtime law customers, we’ve also now found our place in thousands of non-law colleges and universities, high schools, and public libraries around the world that find HeinOnline’s breadth and depth of multidisciplinary content essential.
As HeinOnline’s content and customers constantly evolve, so must our oldest and most important mission—to provide the best customer service in the industry. This means listening to the needs and wants of our customers, especially as the customer base expands. To enhance the research experience for all HeinOnline users—and particularly high schools, colleges, and universities—we’re excited to announce that we’ve integrated with NoodleTools, a popular online research management platform designed for any level of research experience.
NoodleTools is a responsive, user-friendly research management platform with a proven track record across thousands of schools and universities. Providing users with an essential thinking space, the platform allows researchers at any level to organize sources, notes, and new ideas in one place.
Benefits for Researchers
Both novice and experienced researchers can use NoodleTools to stay organized while preparing themselves for an active, engaged, and deliberate writing experience. NoodleTools provides a space to navigate every step of the research process, including:
- Formulating a research question or hypothesis
- Keeping track of source material
- Analyzing and evaluating information
- Taking notes
- Building accurate citations
- Constructing outlines
- Visualizing supporting evidence
Benefits for Educators
In turn, librarians, teachers, professors, and tutors in any academic institution can use the platform for teaching purposes. Educators can guide their students through the research process in NoodleTools by:
- Analyzing student progress in real time
- Providing feedback
- Monitoring individual contributions to group work
- Viewing statistics about source use
- Collaborating with other instructors
Using HeinOnline with NoodleTools
With this new integration, any HeinOnline user can find sources in the Law Journal Library and then seamlessly organize that material in NoodleTools. Simply use the new “Export to NoodleTools” feature incorporated into our existing citation tool.
To begin, create or open an existing project in NoodleTools. In a separate browser tab, log into HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library to begin your research. Once you’ve found the perfect source, use the built-in Cite button from within the document in question.
This button will bring up a list of possible citations for the document in a variety of citation styles. Underneath the list of options, find the new “Export to NoodleTools” hyperlink.
Select this link for a chance to review the citation before importing. After review, choose the appropriate project from the drop-down and click the Import References button.
If you find any issues within the given citation, there is a space within this interface to send feedback to HeinOnline before importing your reference.
Note: The citation style imported will automatically be based on the style chosen upon creation of the NoodleTools project.
Return to your project in NoodleTools and select the Sources tab to view your source list. You will now see the reference you just exported from HeinOnline listed and ready to use in NoodleTools. Yep, it’s that easy!
Export as many sources as you need from HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library using this feature. Stay tuned because HeinOnline plans to expand this capability to other databases, as well!
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