HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Build a Wildcard Search

Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Last week’s Tip of the Week Post focused on proximity searching and finding two words that are within a certain distance from each other. If you missed that post, we recommend you take a quick look at it if you often construct complex searches. This week, we’re going to focus on Wildcard Searching. Wildcard Searching allows you to find various formations of a word, such as the plural or past tense of a word. For example, you may want to find references to the Clayton Act and all variations of the term interlock (interlocks, interlocking, interlocked). We have outlined some basic rules below for using wildcards, as well as a few examples.

HeinOnline supports single-character and multiple-character wildcard searches within single terms (not within phrase queries)…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Use Proximity Searching

Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Do you often have a group of key terms that you want to search for but your terms don’t necessarily form an exact phrase? Or, when you search for the terms as a phrase you get no results? If this sounds like the kind of search terms you have, you may want to try conducting a proximity search.

A proximity search allows you to find words that are within a specific distance away from each other. Proximity searching in HeinOnline is supported with the use of a tilde symbol, “~”. When you build a proximity search, you must insert the terms in quotations, close the query with the tilde, ~, and specify the distance. Proximity searching can only be used in the Advanced and/or Quick Search options…

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Now You Can Preview Searchable PDF's in HeinOnline

Enhancements, News, Searching
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If you are a subscriber to the English Reports library, you can preview searchable PDF’s in HeinOnline. So you might ask, how do searchable PDF’s work and how are they different from the PDF’s we have now in HeinOnline? The PDF’s that are currently available for download in HeinOnline are image based PDF pages. This means that if you download an article in PDF format and open it in your PDF reader, you are not able to use the search features within your PDF reader to look for words or terms. By converting content in HeinOnline to the new searchable PDF format, we are adding a layer of text behind the image-based page. This will then allow you to use the search function in your PDF reader to search across the PDF…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Using the Quick Search Option

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There are several search options in HeinOnline, including the Field Search, Advanced Search and the Quick Search options. We are going to focus on the Quick Search option this week to explain how it works, what it queries, and how to build a search query. It’s important to note that the syntax that can be used in the quick search box will vary by collection depending upon the meta-data available for each collection. To access the Quick Search option, open a collection from the Welcome page and click on the Search tab in the top left corner of the screen. This will load your search options for that collection in the left navigation menu. The first option you see is the Quick Search…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Search for a specific date, page number, and term in the Congressional Record

Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents
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We have modified the search fields in the U.S. Congressional Documents collection to allow you to add a specific date to your search query using a section date field. This is especially helpful when searching the Congressional Record. This will allow you to search on a specific date and/or a specific page for a word or a term. To illustrate this, let’s search for the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4986 on page 26099 as it appeared in the House of Representatives proceedings on November 14, 2000.

When searching for a specific date using the Section Date field, you must enter the date in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY (i.e. 11/14/2000).

First, if you want to see everything that took place on November 14th…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to find a Public Law Prior to the 57th Congress

Searching, Statutes at Large, Tips and Tricks
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Are you looking for a public law prior to the 57th Congress in the U.S. Statutes at Large? If so, you’ll find this tip helpful in locating and searching for the public law in HeinOnline. First, it’s important to understand that public laws up through the 56th Congress were assigned and arranged by chapter numbers, whereas beginning with the 57th Congress public laws were arranged by public law number. Therefore, in order to search for a public law from the 1st-56th Congress, you must use the following format: Chapter #, Congress #, and/or Session #. Let’s take a look at an example.

Let’s search for Chapter 64, “An Act: To regulate navigation on the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters”

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New Enhancements Now Live with April's Content Release

CFR, Enhancements, Law Journal Library, Printing/Downloading, Searching
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It's been a busy month for the HeinOnline Development Team. Outlined below are a number of enhancements that we added to the site and released this morning with the monthly content release. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or feedback about these enhancements.

Run This Search in Other Collections:
We have added the ability to run a search across different libraries. This feature has been added to the search results screen. Let's use an example to illustrate how this works.

Open the Field or Advanced Search option from within the Law Journal Library. Enter the phrase "Roe v. Wade" and search across the text field…

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How to Find a Specific Document within a Compiled Federal Legislative History

Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Federal Legislative History
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Are you looking for a specific document within a Federal Legislative History, such as a Committee Report, the text of a Public Law, or a Congressional Record document? This tip will walk you through locating a specific document by building a simple field search in HeinOnline’s U.S. Federal Legislative History Library. Once you’ve located the document through a field search, you can then use the “Search Within These Results” feature to find a specific section within that document.

HeinOnline has more than 1,000 full-text Legislative Histories in its U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection. You can browse the full-text Title Collection to determine if HeinOnline has a specific full-text Legislative History, or you can do a title search for it…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Looking for a case in the U.S. Supreme Court Library?

Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Supreme Court
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Are you searching for a case in the U.S. Supreme Court Library in HeinOnline? Whether it’s an older case from the 1800’s or a case from the 21st century, this tip may help you find the case you are looking for without knowing the exact representation of the case name as it appears in the publication.

In the U.S. Supreme Court Library in HeinOnline, case names appear in various formats depending upon the way it was printed in the publication. Case names may contain the Latin phrase “et al.”. Publications may display the case name with the full word, versus, or either of the abbreviations v. or vs. This can make searching for a case name tricky…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Looking for an Article in the Law Journals Library?

Law Journal Library, Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Do you have the name and author of an article from a Law Journal, but do not know the journal name or citation and need to find it in HeinOnline? This week's tip outlines how to conduct a search for the article in 4 easy steps, starting at the Log In screen.

Do you prefer to watch a live demo of this example? If so, head over to the HeinOnline YouTube Channel where we've uploaded a how-to video. This video is featured on our YouTube home page, so all you have to do is hit play.

In this example, we're looking for the article "International Antitrust Negotiations and the False Hope of the WTO" written by Ann Bradford…

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