Searching in HeinOnline: How to Get There and What the Options Are

Searching, Tips and Tricks
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We’ve received a lot of feedback lately regarding searching and how to find the search options in HeinOnline. Therefore, we thought we would take a moment to explain how to navigate to the search options from the Welcome Screen. After you log in to HeinOnline, your starting point is the Welcome Page which lists all of the libraries that you are subscribed and have access to. Below are the steps to follow to navigate to the Search Options. We’ve also outlined what the options are.

  1. From the Welcome Page, click on the library within which you want to conduct your search. For example, click on the Law Journals library.
  2. Once inside the library…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Search for a Public Law Number in HeinOnline

Searching, Statutes at Large, Tips and Tricks
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Looking for a public law number in HeinOnline? Conduct a search in the U.S. Statutes at Large library using one or several of the following attributes: the public law number, the title of the public law, citation to the U.S. Code, and/or a bill number. NOTE: The U.S. Statutes at Large library contains contains content through 2009, the 111th Congress.

For our examples, we will focus on Public Law 106-168 of the 106th Congress, titled “Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act”. This appears in Statutes at Large on Dec. 12, 1999 and references Bill Number S. 335. Open the U.S. Statutes at Large library and click on the Search tab at the top of the page. Then choose the Field Search option…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Narrow your search to a specific date and page in the Federal Register

Federal Register, Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Are you looking for a word or term on a specific page on a specific date within the Federal Register in HeinOnline? Or do you want to find references to that term on pages directly preceding or following a specific page? Here are a few examples of building a search query to find a phrase on a specific day and a specific page in the Federal Register, using both the Field and Advanced Search options.

We will use the following topic as our area of interest for these examples: A proposed rule change was filed in March of 2002 with the S.E.C. by the Chicago Board Options Exchange to amend Rule 12.4 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934…

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Search Within a Specific Article or Section using "Search Within These Results"

Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Many of you have requested the ability to search within a specific article within a Journal or within a specific section of a document. We are currently working in development to be able to offer this functionality in the future. In the meantime, here’s one method or way that you can try in order to achieve this type of search. The general approach involves searching for an exact article title within a collection, narrowing your results to one and then searching within that result for a term or phrase. The approach will vary by library as each library in HeinOnline is indexed differently, thus altering the method of finding an article or section title. In some cases, this approach is not applicable due to a more high-level index…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: What is an external section type?

Law Journal Library, Searching, Tips and Tricks
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When conducting a field or advanced search in the Law Journals Library, by default External is selected as a section type to search across. Thus, when conducting a Title or Author search across all default section types in the Journals library, you may get results that are listed as [external]. So, what exactly is an External section type?


The External section type contains links to law review articles that do not reside inside the HeinOnline database. These are electronically published law review articles, usually not distributed in print format and only made available online via the web. As these articles do not fit the typical structure of a bound book with pagination…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Searching by Author Name

Searching, Tips and Tricks
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HeinOnline indexes author names as they appear in the original copy of a title/article. Some author names may contain middle initials, only the first initial of their first name, or both first and middle initials. An author could be displayed in the index in one or more of the following formats:

Last Name, First Name (ex: Cheffins, Brian)
Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial (ex: Franck, Susan D.)
Last Name, First Initial, Middle Initial (ex: Robertson, A. H.)
Last Name, First Initial (ex: Miller, S.)
Last Name, First Initial, Middle Name (ex: Miller, S. Elizabeth)

This can make searching for an author difficult if you do not know what the middle initial is or in which format the author’s name is displayed in a title…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Searching and Using Boolean Operators

Searching, Tips and Tricks
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Using the One-box and Advanced Search options:

When forming a search query using the One-box and Advanced Search options, you must use Boolean Operators (AND, +, OR, NOT, -) to combine multiple terms and you must capitalize the operators. Additionally, quotations are important when searching for a phrase or multiple phrases. Below are a few tips for building search queries using the Advanced and One-box search options.

Tip #1 – Boolean Operators must be all CAPITALS.
Use AND vs. and, OR vs. or, NOT vs. not. Using lower case operators can greatly impact the quantity and quality of your search results. Example: Input the following search query using the Advanced Search option within the Journals library:

text:”power imbalance” or “power balance in mediation” (choose all titles and leave section types checked to default options)

The quantity of results received is greater than 877,000…

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Now Live! Search within your Search Results

Enhancements, Searching
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New and Improved Search Screens and Search Results Format

We hope you all had a very Happy New Year! With the start of 2008, we at HeinOnline have kicked off a new look and feel for our search screens and search results. You may have noticed the differences already, but we wanted to take a moment to explain the changes we made. Not only did we improve the look, but we also enhanced the search results to allow you to search within your results and view all articles by a specific author with the click of a mouse.

The first of these changes can be seen when clicking on either the field or advanced search options from within a library…

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New search tool for the Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law publication – coming soon!

Enhancements, Law Journal Library, Searching
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Next month, HeinOnline will release an enhancement that will allow you to search an Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law Database. The database was created from the Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law publication, which is compiled and edited by Roy M. Mersky and Donald J. Dunn and has been published since 1958. To provide this functionality, the HeinOnline Development Team has spent the last few months building the database, which contains a bibliographic entry for every article that is indexed in the publication. This enhancement will make it easier for you to find articles in the index relating to a specific subject or written by a specific author, without having to browse page by page of the Index every time…

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New Search & Browse Capabilities in Legal Classics Collection

Enhancements, Legal Classics, Searching
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Looking for a “Classic” from tens or even hundreds of years ago that has to do with Transportation or Constitutional Law or another subject of interest? We’ve made it easier to find a Classics title, by providing the ability to browse by subject or search by subject in the Legal Classics collection. In building this capability, we identified over 70 subjects that classify the content of the titles. We then related every title to at least one subject and in many cases multiple depending upon the title’s content. The browsing and searching capabilities are further defined below.

Browse by Subject:

Select “By Subject” under the browse options found on the Resources tab to display the list of subjects…

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