Tip of the Week: How to Locate a Title in HeinOnline

Law Journal Library, Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks
Lauren Mattiuzzo

When the phone rings here at HeinOnline, one of the most frequently asked questions is “How do I locate a title?” Whether users are trying to locate a publication title or an article title, we have tools to make document retrieval a breeze. Watch this quick tutorial on the various ways to pull up a title in HeinOnline, or read below for more information.

How to Locate a Publication Title

The Catalog tab, found in the stationary search bar, is the easiest way to find out if a title exists in HeinOnline. The Catalog search tab searches across the entire HeinOnline catalog, including MARC records. For example, let’s search for the Federal Communications Commission Record.

From the results page, the title is listed first. To the right of the title listing are the collections where you can locate this title. Click the hyperlink to view the title.

NOTE: Since this searches the entire HeinOnline catalog, you may receive results from collections to which you do not subscribe.

Also available within the Catalog tab is the Advanced Catalog Search tool. This provides the user the option to search by publication title, author, ISSN/ISBN, series, subject, date, and/or publisher. For example, maybe you remember a book you read about social ethics by an author with the last name of Addams. Let’s search using the information we have.

This search returns one result, matching what we are looking for.

How to Locate an Article

There are a few ways to search for an article in HeinOnline. For example, let’s search for Mapping the Margins, Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color by Kimberle Crenshaw, the most accessed article in the Law Journal Library.

From the Welcome Page

From HeinOnline’s welcome page, click the Advanced Search option and enter Mapping the Margins in the title field, and Crenshaw in the Author field.

This search will bring you directly to the article. Click the hyperlink to view.

From the Law Journal Library

Using the Full Text tab within the Law Journal Library, search for title:”Mapping the Margins” AND creator:Crenshaw.

NOTE: This Knowledge Base article explains how to use search syntax and field searching in the Full Text search option.

This search will also return one result. Click the hyperlink to view the article.

From the Advanced Search in the Law Journal Library

From the Advanced Search option in the Law Journal Library, use the Article Title and Author/Creator field to search.

NOTE: With the Advanced Search option in the Law Journal Library, additional metadata points are available so users can also search by text, description, state, country, date, and/or DOI. 

Again, this search allows us to quickly retrieve the article we are looking for. Click the hyperlinked title to view it.

Tip of the Week Suggestion

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