HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Find a Treaty

Tips and Tricks, Treaties and Agreements Library
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If you have a treaty number, use the Treaty Search Tool in the Treaties & Agreements Library in HeinOnline to quickly locate a treaty and a summary of the key treaty information. A Treaty Metadata Search allows you to search for up to 3 terms across a number of specific fields including but not limited to: the Treaty Number, Treaty Description, State Department Number, Senate Treaty Number, Effective Date or In Force Dates. When conducting a search using the Treaty Search Tool, your results will include a link to a summary of the treaty. The summary displays key information about the treaty such as the TIF subject, Parties, Treaties that amend the Treaty and related treaties, to name a few.…

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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: Shortcut to printing more than one document at a time

Printing/Downloading, Tips and Tricks
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Have you ever found yourself spending too much time going back and forth to the printer? You sit down, find the first article you're looking for, click print and then get up to go retrieve it. You come back, find another article, hit print, get up to go retrieve it, come back and so on. Or, have you ever simply wanted to print 2 or 3 articles at one time? If either of these applies to you, then you may find this shortcut helpful!

Once you have located the article or pages that you wish to print, select the print option from the page toolbar. From the print options menu, select one of the PDF download options (either PDF or PDFtext)…

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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: Where are you in HeinOnline?

Tips and Tricks
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Use the Navigation Trail to determine your location and use the links for shortcuts to indexes:

It’s often easy to lose track of your location in HeinOnline. You may begin working in one collection such as the Federal Register and some where along the way click through to the CFR collection or the Law Journals library without even realizing that you’ve left one collection to work in a new collection. Or, you’ve utilized various functions such as searching or the citation navigator, and since lost track of which volume you are viewing. Since some of these transitions can occur almost seamlessly to you, you may not always know exactly where you are in HeinOnline…

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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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