Tip of the Day: How to Use Boosting in a Search Query

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Have you ever wanted to place more relevance on a single term or phrase within your search query? If so, you can use boosting to influence the relevancy ranking of your search results.

Check out the Tip of the Day via our YouTube video, or continue below the video to read a full-text version of this tip.

For example, if you are searching for three terms but want to place more importance and relevance on one of the terms, you can boost the term using the carot symbol ^ (Shift + 6 on your keyboard).

Many often ask, what is the range for boosting, do the numbers go between 1 and 10 or 1 and 100…

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Tip of the Week: Where can I find a House or Senate Report in HeinOnline?

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Committee Reports are considered to be one of the most important documents of legislative history research.  All House and Senate Reports are published in the United States Congressional Serial Set, which is not a resource available in HeinOnline.  However, HeinOnline may still have a House or Senate Report available in it’s  U.S. Federal Legislative History collection which contains more than 1,000 full-text legislative histories. So, how do you determine if we have the report or not?

Check out this week’s how-to video on YouTube, or continue reading below the video for a full-text version.

  1. First, determine what public law the committee report is tied to.
  2. Then, navigate to HeinOnline’s U.S…

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Tip of the Week: How to do a Proximity and Wildcard Search in the Same Search Query

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We often get the question, “can I do a proximity search and a wildcard search in the same search string?” Unfortunately, the answer is no, you can’t.  Our current syntax does not support the use of a proximity search and a wildcard search in the same search string.  However, that does not mean you can’t construct a search in HeinOnline to accommodate both of those search functions and find what you’re looking for.  Check out the video tutorial below to see an example illustrating how you would construct a search in which you want to use both the proximity and wildcard functions.  Or, continue reading below the video for the full-text version of the tip.

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