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Legal Research

Finding Cases

HeinOnline is a collection of 40 databases, which you can search through using the search bar at top of the page.

For cases, it’s more effective to search through one of the 2 case law databases:

On the main page, click on Case Law to find those two databases.screenshot of home page of hein online with arrow next to case law

 

Then click on FastCase Premium.

screenshot hein online "case law" expanded to see the fastcase premium and US. Supreme Court Library

To Search Cases by Topic, you can use the main search bar

screenshot hein online with duty to warn typed in the search box

 

Limit on the left-hand side to Date (if desired) and under Collection/library - FastCase Premium.

screenshot hein online results page for duty to warn with arrows pointing to date and to collection/library on the left-hand side.

 

Search Syntax 

Examples

Note that all Boolean operators must use capital letters.

AND

to search for multiple terms i.e.evidence AND admissibility will produce documents that contain both terms.

Counselor AND duty to warn

OR

to search for either one of a pair of similar terms i.e. brief OR evidence will produce documents that contain either of these terms

(Counselor OR therapist) AND duty to warn

NOT

to exclude a term from a search i.e. evidence NOT briefs will exclude every search result containing the word "briefs"

(Counselor OR therapist) AND duty to warn NOT teacher

" "

use quotes to search for a phrase i.e. "love canal" will search for documents containing the exact phrase "love canal"

(Counselor OR therapist) AND "duty to warn"

( )

to search grouped clauses to form sub queries i.e. (watershed OR "water rights") AND planning will produce documents that contain either watershed or water rights and planning

(Counselor OR therapist) AND "duty to warn"

~

to search for words within a particular proximity of each other i.e. "watershed planning"~10 will search for watershed within 10 words of planning

(Counselor OR therapist) ~10 "duty to warn"

?

to search for words where there may be variations of the word that you want included in your search i.e. te?t will produce documents that contain text or test

(Counselor OR therapist)  AND wom?n

*

to search for a word with multiple character differences i.e. brief* will return searches with the words brief, briefs, and briefed

(Counselor OR therap*)

w/# or /#

to search for two words within a set proximity of one another, i.e. jury w/5 discrimination or jury /5 discrimination

(Counselor OR therapist) /5 "duty to warn"

w/s or /s

to search for two words within a sentence, i.e. jury w/s discrimination or jury /s discrimination

(Counselor OR therapist) /s "duty to warn"

w/p or /p

to search for two words within a paragraph, i.e. jury w/p discrimination or jury /p discrimination

(Counselor OR therapist) /p "duty to warn"

w/seg or /seg

to search for two words within a segment, i.e. jury w/seg discrimination or jury /seg discrimination

(Counselor OR therapist) /seg "duty to warn"

1. Choose Venn Diagram Search to guide a more advanced/complicated search
The button is to the right of the search box. 

screenshot of hein online with arrow pointing to venn diagram search
 

2. Use the Boolean Operator AND with your keywords. Click on the magnifying class at the end of the search bar to conduct the search screenshot hein online - with search phrase entered Parents AND early dismissal AND notification

3. The Venn Diagram shows you the overlap of articles and provides the results

Screenshot of Venn Diagram search

 

4. Hover over pieces of the diagram to see the results differently.
For example, this screenshot below shows an emphasis on counselor AND abuse

screenshot hein online venn diagram

 

5. This screenshot to the right emphasizes all three search terms (Counselor AND Abuse AND Duty to warn). 

This screenshot emphasizes all three search terms (Counselor AND Abuse AND Duty to warn).

To search through Journals for Law Reviews, click on the Journals & Periodicals Database, then choose the Journal Law Library.

screenshot of hein online -- pointing to online journals

 

You can browse journals, but best to put your search terms in the search bar at the top. 

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Browse your results. When you find one you like, look to the right for the cited references and pdf.

screenshot of hein online -- pointing to box on right to cited references and access pdf.