With a new school year comes new research projects, but no need to fear—HeinOnline has the tools you need to make research a breeze! Find relevant primary and secondary sources with ease with the various tools and features that HeinOnline has implemented to guide you during each research phase. Below, we’ll discuss six different tools that you can use to do everything from building search queries and organizing your searches to creating citations and much more! Utilize them to conquer any research-related challenge that this semester throws at you.
Then, head to the end of the post to see a list of Hein-published titles designed to aid you throughout the semester if you prefer your research in print.
MyHein is HeinOnline’s personal research tool, which allows anyone with HeinOnline access to bookmark documents, save search queries, set up electronic table of contents (eTOC) alerts, and much more. Best of all, MyHein is FREE to use! You can set up your account from anywhere in HeinOnline by selecting the MyHein Profile option from the menu on the upper right side of the page. From the drop-down menu, select “Create an Account.”
Creating a MyHein account allows you to export saved bookmarks, view your search history, favorite databases, and manage your Author Profile Page, SmartCILP notifications, and IFLP Alerts, if applicable. MyHein is designed to help personalize and organize your entire research experience.
Need to find articles relating to a specific subject? You can do that in seconds with our custom PathFinder feature located within our Law Journal Library. PathFinder is a suite of browse and search tools for subject-specific research, powered by a multi-level subject taxonomy that has been organized from the ground up. Using machine-learning and human curation, we’ve used our 1,500 granular research concepts and categorized them into increasingly broad levels.
PathFinder contains 5 broad overarching subjects:
- Social Sciences
- Natural and Formal Sciences
- Applied Sciences
- Other Industries
You can find these subjects located within:
- The Law Journal Library landing page
- The Law Journal Library Advanced Search page
- Search results within the Law Journal Library
- Author Profiles Pages
The text version of the PathFinder hierarchy appears by default and displays PathFinder’s five most broad levels with about 40 more nuanced subjects underneath them. Expand and collapse the entire hierarchy by using the buttons on the right-hand side. Or, dive into any of the subjects listed by expanding them individually. Alternatively, within the graphical version of PathFinder (pictured above), the innermost circle contains the most broad subjects, and each circle outward displays subjects that are increasingly narrow.
3. Automated Citations
HeinOnline helps take all the guesswork out of creating citations. Simply select the Cite button on any document page to view a variety of citation formats, including MLA, APA, Chicago, Bluebook, and McGill. Users also have the ability to export journal citations to RefWorks, EndNote, NoodleTools, or as a text or RIS file.
Our expert HeinOnline Support Team has created more than 100 LibGuides that pertain to databases and features within HeinOnline. Within these guides, you’ll find searching tips and tricks, database-specific features, additional resources, how-to videos, and much more!
5. Knowledge Base
Featuring FAQs, tips and tricks, links to guides and videos, and much more, the HeinOnline Knowledge Base is the first stop for researchers looking for answers to specific questions. The Knowledge Base is full-text searchable and categorized for easy browsing and searching.
6. YouTube Training Videos
More of a visual learner? No problem. We’ve compiled a Training on the Go playlist on our YouTube Channel, where you can sit back and relax while watching training videos on HeinOnline basics, tools, and select databases.
Hein Print Titles Perfect for the New Semester
1000 Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now!
Author: Dennis J. Tonsing
Item #: 1007068
Pages: xv, 292p.
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2022
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 21st Edition*
Item #: 1308
Pages: xvii, 365 pp.
Published: Cambridge; Harvard Law Review Association; 2020
Distributed: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2020
The Little Book on Oral Argument
Author: Alan L Dworsky
Item #: 8957
Pages: xii, 75p
1 Volume, perfect bound…….$19.95
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2018
The Little Book on Legal Writing
Author: Alan L Dworsky
Item #: 8956
Pages: xvii, 142p
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 1992
Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won’t Learn in Class
Authors: Shana Connell Noyes & Henry S. Noyes
Item #: 62524
Pages: xxiv, 162p
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2008
And, as always, the HeinOnline Blog remains a resource where you can view content updates, how-tos, tips and tricks, and explore how our team uses HeinOnline to research relevant topics throughout history. Be sure to subscribe to get posts are delivered right to your inbox!