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HEINonline allows access to the Law Journal Library collection (academic legal periodicals), as well as the Federal Register Library. Over 370 plus journals are indexed and all documents are provided online in a .pdf format. The coverage dates are from pre-1981 until the present time. Most Journals are covered from their inception.
This database may be accessed from the Electronic Resources Section of the Alvin Sherman Library website.
There are many ways to search HEINonline. The left hand links allow searching by: Journal Title, Article Author, Article Title, Author & Title, and Full Text Search. From the right hand side of the screen users can Browse Journals.
Let's try a Full Text Search for this lesson.
To do a word search enter one or more words in the search field without quotation marks. You can control whether the search is performed for all of the words or any of the words by checking the box as in the below image from the Full Text Search screen.
Search results will vary. If you get:
The results display on the right hand side of the screen. This search was for "violent crimes" and "florida". The number of times the keywords were found are listed followed by the estimated search time. The results are then listed. To open a particular volume click on the blue underlined link.
After the Search Results display, and a link for an individual document is clicked on the document will open in an HTML format.
Managing Search Results
Databases typically allow you to manage your search results by utilizing the option below:
Not all search management features are available in all databases.
Marking is not a valid feature within this database.
After the document opens a small menu with round buttons appears at the top of the page.
There is no email option for HEINonline at this time.
Documents can be saved from the Adobe Acrobat Reader Menu that displays.
In order to save an article:
Use advanced search features to modify a search to obtain more successful search results. You can combine advanced search features to modify and improve your search. Advanced search features often include:
Phrase or proximity searching
In order to phrase search enclose the phrase in quotes.
"violent crimes" or "criminal justice"
The Federal Register can be selected too from the left hand menu as well. To search the Federal Register click "Federal Register" as shown below.