March 2018 Newsletter – New Features

March 2018 Newsletter


Table of Contents

Content Summary

  • Updated Databases: 52
  • New titles: 2,370
  • New volumes: 2,983
  • New pages: 829,079
  • Total Pages: 155,774,519

Enhanced Metadata Improves Searching and Discovery in the Federal Register Library


We have been continuing to enhance searching in HeinOnline by adding natural language processing and machine learning tools to different databases. We’ve already updated the tool several times, and we blogged about these updates in September and November of last year. Entities are available within document metadata fields and search facets. They include location, person, and organization, which can assist with search and discovery. We are happy to announce that entities are now available in the Federal Register Library!

Entities and Searching


Open the Federal Register Library, and let’s take a look at how this new feature works. Using the Full Text tab, enter “No Child Left Behind Act” and click the search button.

Notice the entities available in the facets on the left side of the page. These facets are expandable and collapsible and allow users to further refine their search results.

Narrow down the results by choosing 2010 to date from the Date facet, Washington, D.C. from the Location facet, and Department of Education from the Organization facet. This will drastically reduce the number of results.

Let’s look at one more example. Construct a proximity search using the Full Text tab in the Federal Register Library. Enter “health care plan coverage”~10 and click the search button.

Refine the results by choosing Medicare from the Organization facet and Volume Date (Newest First) from the Sort by option.

Entities are currently in beta format. This gives users the opportunity to utilize the new features and provide feedback on their usability and on areas of potential improvement.


Language Faceting Now Available within Search Results


Language faceting is the newest tool which has been added to the Law Journal Library. Users will notice this facet within the search results page after any query has been entered. The new language facet allows users to limit search results to the language used at the journal title level.

Using the Language Facet


Open the Law Journal Library and enter a search within the Full Text tab.

The facets on the left-hand side of the page allow users to limit results by specific criteria. Select the Language facet to view the language of the journal at the article title level.

Note: If an article is written in English, but the majority of articles published within the journal are written in Spanish, the article will be discovered under Spanish as the Language facet.

Selecting Spanish under the Language facet will limit the results to articles whose titles are only written in Spanish.

Users may also utilize the Country Published facet to further limit results by the country in which the article’s journal has been published.

Selecting Colombia will further limit the results to articles with titles written with Spanish as the language and only journals which have been published in Colombia.

Map View in State Reports: A Historical Archive Enhanced to Include Court Districts


HeinOnline’s State Reports: A Historical Archive is now color-coded with numbers indicating geographic boundaries of United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts. New databases added with a map view tool will also include this handy feature.

About District Courts


The United States Federal Court System includes twelve regions of district courts and courts of appeal. These courts handle both civil and criminal cases. Each district court is associated with a United States bankruptcy court and each judicial district has at least one courthouse. All of these courts are referred to “lower courts,” and the United States Supreme Court is the nation’s highest court.

The complicated structure of the United States court system is explained nicely at uscourts.gov. In short, a federal case would first be heard by one of the nation’s 94 district courts. In addition to one or more district courts, each region has its own court of appeals. Challenges to district court decisions are brought before a court of appeals, which consists of three judges and no jury. Thirteen appellate courts, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction, sit below the United States Supreme Court.

Federal courts typically hear cases in which the United States is a party, cases which involve federal laws, cases involving violations of the United States Constitution, cases between residents of different states with a financial interest of more than $75,000, and bankruptcy, copyright, patent, and maritime law cases.