HeinOnline’s Tip of the Week: How Do I Use Proximity Searching to find a Phrase Within 10 words of Another Phrase or Word?

Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Often times you may find yourself looking for a phrase that is close in proximity to another phrase, or for a phrase close in proximity to a specific word. For example, you may want to find the terms “safety standards” and “consumer products” within 10 words of each other. The search syntax in HeinOnline only supports single term proximity searching, it does not support nested or phrase searches with proximity searching. Therefore, you must structure the search string to look for each word of each phrase within a specific proximity.

For example, to find “safety standards” and “consumer products” within 10 words of each other, we have to structure our search to look for safety, standards, consumer…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Search Across a Specific Day in the Federal Register

Federal Register, Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Are you looking for references to a specific rule, notice, presidential document or regulation from a specific day in the Federal Register? This weeks tip will focus on how to build a quick search that allows you to target your search to a single day within the Federal Register.

Back in February, we posted a tip that explained how to narrow your search to a specific date and page. Click here to read this post. This weeks tip takes a different approach, as it uses another shortcut that will allow you to narrow your search to the specific day using the “coverage” field in the advanced search option.

In building a search, we can use the “coverage” field to narrow our results to a specific day…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Locate a Slip Opinion by Case Name or Number & Search Within the Opinion

Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Supreme Court
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Have you ever wanted to quickly locate a slip opinion in the U.S. Reports and run a search within the opinion to find key words or terms? If so, this week’s tip outlines how to quickly locate the opinion using the case name or number, and then how to search within it for your key terms. For the purposes of this example, we are going to focus on the District of Columbia et al. v. Heller case that argues and discusses the interpretation of the second amendment and the right to posses a firearm. We know it was published as a slip opinion in June 2008 and the number is 07-290. Therefore, we can locate the opinion by searching for the case name or the number…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Target or Narrow Your Search Results Using "Search Within These Search Results"

Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Do you often have long search queries or a research topic that consists of several keywords? If so, then building a strategic search query is the best approach to targeting your search results. This week’s tip outlines how to target your results in HeinOnline using the “Search Within These Results” feature. Some of you may already be aware of this feature that was added recently to HeinOnline. However, after further feedback that we have gathered, we learned that this feature is still fairly new to some of our users. Therefore, we wanted to take some time this week to focus solely on “searching within your search results” and how to use this feature to effectively narrow or target your search results…

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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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