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.

Law Library Tours

August 21, 2009

Want to learn more about the Drake University Law Library?  Come take a 20-30 minute tour to help get oriented.

Meet at the Law Library Information Desk. The tour will last between 20-30 minutes. 

Monday, August 24, 2009
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
11:00 a.m.

Rwanda Readers Say Thanks

April 20, 2009

Thanks to your generous support during National Library Week, the Drake Law Library and the Drake International Law Society raised $288.70 for the Kigali Public Library in Rwanda. Both Drake Law School and Drake Law Library will be recognized on a plaque to be mounted in the Conservation/Gorilla special collection of the library.

CCH Begins Financial Crisis Blog

March 19, 2009

CCH has begun a new blog about the financial crisis at

New Database Trial – Gale Legal Forms

March 11, 2009

A trial subscription to Gale Legal Forms will run through April 8, 2009.

Please let us know what you think about this database by emailing David Hanson.

Library Adds Eighteenth Century Collection Online Database

October 23, 2008

This database features over 138,00 English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Content covers subjects in the areas of law, history, geography, social science, fine arts, architecture, medicine, science, literature, religion, philosophy and more.

The database can be accessed from the law library electronic database page at

Law Librarian’s Research Cited

September 30, 2008

Associate Professor of Law Librarianship Deborah Sulzbach’s bibliography, DNA Shall Prevail: Postconviction DNA Evidence: An Annotated Bibliography was cited in the web article Criminal Law Resources: DNA Post-Conviction Resources at