Another Look At HeinOnline – Law Review On-line Repository

HeinOnline — a  repository of law review, classic legal titles, and government publications (1938 edition of Code of Federal Regulations, anyone?) has a new look to its on-line search screens. The page format has been updated into a cleaner, easier to view appearance.heinonline_image

HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library contains more than 2,000 law and law-related periodicals.  For the legal researcher, law review articles are an excellent source for in-depth discussions of legal issues.  For anyone researching federal legislative or regulatory history, HeinOnline is a valuable historical resource of government publications.

Alameda County Law Library  makes HeinOnline available on its public research computers.  The database is also accessible  with a laptop or other device using the library’s wifi when you are at our locations.  Access is through the ACLL legal databases webpage.

One of the most advantageous features of HeinOnline is that it is an image-based database, which means it provides exact page images as they originally appear in hardcopy. Therefore, all charts, graphs, photographs and footnotes appear where they belong.

The New Look

HeinOnline’s publisher has introduced the new interface this month.  Enhancements to the interface include a stationary search bar which is now available on all pages.  The page view is clean and updated, with an enhanced image toolbar:

heinonline_1A new, easily recognizable home button is located at the top left side of all pages in HeinOnline and will return users to the Welcome Page when clicked:


The table of contents for every document is displayed automatically:



Citation information is available by clicking the book icon located above the table of contents, the breadcrumb trail continues to be available for easy navigation, and the section being viewed is still highlighted:




The Advanced Search toll has six search fields and pre-select titles and a year range:


Display of search results is clean and easy to use. Facets remain on the left side of the page and options, such as PDF/Download and MyHein, are neatly grouped on the right:



Here is a short guide to help you familiarize yourself with the new research steps –  GettingstartedinHOLnew

Google Scholar and HeinOnline

Google Scholar is indexing the Law Journals in HeinOnline to make the titles searchable in the Google Scholar interface. The indexing is ongoing.

So how does it work? Go to Google Scholar and search for a Law Journal or an article name from within a Law Journal. If the article is available in HeinOnline, it will be included in your search results, like the example below:


Clicking on the Google Scholar link within the ACLL wifi area brings up the full-text of the article.



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