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Tech Tip – HeinOnline Search Change

February 5, 2010

Word/Phrase Radio Buttons Now Obsolete in the Field Search Option
From HeinOnline January 2010 Newsletter

Up until now, whenever you used HeinOnline’s Field Search option you had to identify whether the terms you entered into the search box constituted a word or a phrase by checking a radio button directly underneath the search box.

Web searching is now a conventional task for most people and is something we utilize most, if not all, days of the week. You are likely accustomed to using quotations when you are searching a web site for a phrase. Therefore, it only makes sense for us to utilize these same techniques that you are already used to using on other web sites. Therefore, we have removed the word and phrase radio buttons from the field search option. This means that when you are searching for a phrase, you will have to use quotations around the phrase. 

While a subtle change in appearance, it does have a big change in the overall functionality. A search for international law (without quotes) vs. “international law” (with quotes) will yield two totally different results sets.  Furthermore, this change will enable you to use proximity or wildcard search syntax in the search box.  So for example, we could search for legislat* using the Field Search option.

Click here to view a brief video demonstration of these changes.

If you have any further questions please contact David Hanson.