NEW! Updated Search Syntax And Tips and Tricks from HeinOnline Gurus

Searching, Tips and Tricks, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Last month, we tweaked our proximity searching thanks to feedback from a tweet! Users can now use w/# search syntax for proximity searching, which allows people to seamlessly change between interfaces. Today’s post is going to cover all the ins and outs of searching in HeinOnline, including new search syntax options that were recently implemented. By the time you finish this blog post, you’ll be an expert in searching!

New Search Syntax

We are excited to announce that new search syntax options are now available…

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Kid Rock, the Beach Boys and Mike Love were among some of the musicians who joined President Donald Trump at the signing ceremony earlier this month for the Music Modernization Act (MMA). This bill was unanimously passed through the House and Senate prior to reaching the President’s desk. MMA was designed to fix copyright issues revolving around digital steaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora. The new digital wave of streaming made music more accessible; however, artists were losing out on revenue because of this new technology. MMA revamps Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act and is a combination of three bills previously introduced in Congress…

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Hot Off the Press: New HeinOnline Search Option

Enhancements, Searching, What's New
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline “F T W/”

HeinOnline takes user feedback very seriously. Whenever possible, we implement suggestions we receive. Recently, HeinOnline user @legalkm tweeted about proximity searching:

We immediately looked into whether we could add “w/#” search syntax for proximity searching to HeinOnline’s capabilities, because we don’t like to see sad faces in the same tweet as a reference to HeinOnline…

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NOW AVAILABLE: U.S. Congressional Serial Set!

Searching, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

YOU ASKED FOR IT. NOW IT’S HERE!

The much-anticipated release of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in HeinOnline (Phase I) is here! This database is included at no additional charge for HeinOnline Academic subscribers, Core+ subscribers, and subscribers of HeinOnline’s U.S. Congressional Documents.

The Serial Set is an enormous undertaking, which is why it’s being released in phases.

Included in Phase I:

  • Complete indexing of the more than 17,000 volumes of the Serial Set
  • Full 40-year (1978-2018) content archive in HeinOnline’s image-based PDF format
  • Complete coverage of the American State Papers
  • 86% of the Serial Set in HeinOnline or via HathiTrust Digital Library
  • 27% of the volumes in HeinOnline’s image-based PDF format

Moving forward…

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NAFTA: Reviewed, Revised, Renamed

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Changes are on the rise for the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. These three countries met and negotiated a last-minute agreement, which revised and could ultimately replace, NAFTA. This new agreement would be called USMCA, standing for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and President Enrique Pena Nieto and are expected to sign the deal by the end of November, when it will then be passed to Congress to approve. Read below for a brief summary of USMCA negotiation terms.

New Negotiating Terms

Got Milk…

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Do Not Pass Go: Will Amazon’s Monopoly Be Subject to Regulations?

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Today there are more than 100 million Amazon Prime members worldwide. This American electronic commerce and cloud computing company was started in 1994 by Jeff Bezos in Seattle, Washington. Although it began as an online bookstore, it now sells video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, jewelry, and more. Users can stream Oscar-winning movies and music, as well as listen to audio books. Amazon’s low prices and fast delivery are raising the bar for competitors and keeping customers happy. This past month, Amazon reached $1 trillion in value, falling second only to Apple. But, should the changing economy be subject to new rules? Lina Khan thinks so…

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Out with the Old, in with the Bold

Enhancements, Searching, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

We significantly enhanced HeinOnline’s interface a few years ago, and we continue to make improvements in order to provide our customers with a stellar research experience! We have recently changed our matching text to bold as a result of a suggestion from an employee here at the Hein Company. Read below to find out more about this enhancement, as well as a few helpful searching tips.

Bolder and Better

Let’s take a look at this new enhancement, which is easier on the eyes! Start by constructing a search in HeinOnline…

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The Supreme Court and Workers’ Rights

Current Events, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Three cases were brought before the Supreme Court on May 21st, involving tens of thousands of nonunion employees. The cases were brought against Ernst & Young, LLP; Epic Systems Corporation; and Murphy Oil USA, Inc. to rule whether or not class action waivers were a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. The Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote that employers can use contracts with workers to ban them from joining class-action lawsuits, as well as mandating individual arbitration in the event of a dispute.

About the Cases

The three companies involved in the Supreme Court case required their employees to waive their rights to join a class-action suit…

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Racial Disparity and Lethal Force

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

A study published in February by the American Journal of Public Health was conducted to update previous examinations of racial/ethnic disparities in the use of lethal force by law enforcement in the United States. According to the study, black men are nearly three times as likely to be killed by legal intervention than white men. Additionally, American Indians or Alaska Natives are also nearly three times as likely and Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely to be killed. View the full report here.

Study Results

James Buehler…

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Facebook Scandals and Internet Security

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

In March, it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based data-mining firm, used Facebook to collect demographic information on tens of millions of Americans. This firm has ties to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Reports state that the information was collected via an app which gave developers access to data such as photos, work histories, birthdays, and religious and political affiliations. This was all revealed after the indictment of 13 Russians and three companies which unveiled a network designed to manipulate the same campaign. These controversies have sparked a conversation about the ethics of data mining.

The Cambridge Affair

Facebook granted permission to University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan to collect information from users who downloaded his app in 2014…

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