Getting Started with HeinOnline: New Quick Reference Guide Available

Navigating, Searching, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Last week, HeinOnline released its updated interface! So far, feedback has been mostly positive; however, we realize that with any change, there is an adjustment period.

In order to make this transition as easy as possible for our users, we have created a Getting Started in HeinOnline Quick Reference Guide to help users adjust to the changes we've made.


Enhancements to the interface include a stationary search bar which is available on all pages in HeinOnline:

The interface is now responsive, and therefore extremely mobile friendly! Search options have been reordered based on usage…

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HeinOnline's Enhanced Interface Is Almost Here!

Enhancements, Functionality, What's New
Shannon Furtak

We have been diligently working on updating the HeinOnline interface for the past several months, and we are excited to announce that it will be released early next week!

Main Features of the Enhanced Interface

  • The enhanced interface uses responsive web design, which means HeinOnline will be mobile-device friendly and will adjust to the size of your tablet, smartphone or computer monitor!
  • The search bar will remain stationary and available on all pages of HeinOnline.
  • The appearance of HeinOnline has been streamlined and simplified.
  • The Welcome Page lists collections by category and name; category options are collapsible, so users can expand these as needed…

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Exciting News from HeinOnline and the American Law Institute!

ALI, What's New
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline was already your source for American Law Institute publications, but we are pleased to announce that the American Law Institute Library now contains current content, including pocket parts! The six-month embargo has been lifted, so users can now view both historical and the most recent material in HeinOnline's image-based, fully searchable format.

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The American Law Institute Library in HeinOnline provides convenient access to titles like ALI Annual Reports, Proceedings of ALI Annual Meetings

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Introducing a New ScholarCheck Author Ranking Metric!

Author Profile Pages, Enhancements, ScholarCheck, What's New
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline has added an exciting new metric to its ScholarCheck author rankings! In addition to calculating the number of times an author has been cited by other articles in HeinOnline, by cases, and the number of times accessed in the past 12 months, the number of times an author has been cited only by articles published in the past 10 years will now be calculated. Each metric will account for one quarter of the author's overall ScholarRank.

This new scoring metric was influenced by Washington and Lee University's law journal ranking methodology, which is explained in detail here, as well as Dr. Ronen Perry's article in Connecticut Law Review

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Using ScholarCheck Metrics to Track Trends in Legal Research

Law Journal Library, ScholarCheck, What's New
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline's ScholarCheck is a series of tools and features integrated throughout HeinOnline that allow users to view journal articles and cases that have a heavy influence on the subject being researched. Key aspects of ScholarCheck include the ability to analyze the most cited journal articles and authors, link directly to articles and cases that cite an article being viewed, and sort search results by the number of times cited or number of times accessed by other HeinOnline users within a rolling 12-month period.

Using ScholarCheck metrics, we were able to generate the list of articles below that have had the largest increase in number of citations since 2011. For example, "Or of the Press" by Potter Stewart…

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News, Religion & the Law, What's New
Kaylyn Zurawski

We are pleased to announce our newest library, Religion & the Law, is NOW available. With more than 600,000 pages and 1,200 titles consisting of books, periodicals, and bibliographies that relate to religion and the law, this library is essential for anyone who is researching the development, history, organization, and fundamental principles of world religion. 

This collection features works on:titlescallout

  • Canon Law
  • History of the Church & State
  • Religion & Freedom
  • Jewish Law
  • Reformation Period
  • Early Constitutions of the Church
  • Religion & Politics
  • The Bible in Public Schools
  • And More!



State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts: A Compilation of Enacted  and Proposed Legislation

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 is a United States Federal law that was proposed to protect the free excercise of religion…

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New Searching Enhancements in HeinOnline!

Enhancements, Searching, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Search Specific Titles within Subcollections

Searching in HeinOnline has been enhanced with the addition of subcollection individual title searchability. For example, in the U.S. Congressional Documents collection's Advanced Search tool, highlight Congressional Record. Previously, only the subcollection (a/k/a document type) could be searched. Now, select one or more titles from within a subcollection to narrow the scope of your search:

This enhancement, universally available across all collections in HeinOnline, makes it easy to drill into only the titles you select in order to produce the most accurate, refined search results possible!

Input Custom Date Range into Search Facet

We have improved the date facet on the search results page to include custom date range fields…

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Author Profile Citation Notifications Now Available!

Author Profile Pages, Enhancements, Law Journal Library, What's New
Shannon Furtak

We have added a new e-mail alert option to our author profile pages! In addition to setting up a notification for when new material by a certain author is added to HeinOnline, users can now be advised when that author's existing works are cited by new articles. Simply click an author's name from search results, and click Set up e-mail alerts from the author's profile:

Select one or both boxes to receive the corresponding e-mail alert(s). If an author's existing articles are cited by new articles in HeinOnline, an e-mail notification will be sent to the address entered:

The e-mail will include the information for the article that was cited and a link to the newly available article…

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ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals: Current and in Color!

Content News, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Earlier this year, we introduced the ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals (formerly known as the ABA Package Plan) to HeinOnline. This new collection digitizes both the archives and current material contained in this package, making these titles available electronically exclusively in HeinOnline.

In addition to the titles found in the former ABA Package Plan, the ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals includes 44 titles that were previously unavailable to non-members of specific American Bar Association sections; these new titles are available as full color PDFs! Each week, newly available issues are added to HeinOnline, ensuring that subscribers have access to the most current material possible. New issues from the remaining 54 titles in this collection will be added in color with the start of each new volume…

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