HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Searching for Law Review Articles by Subject, Country or U.S. State

Are you looking for law review articles about corporate attorney-client privilege, or wish to view only articles published in law reviews from Illinois? Or, are you looking for articles that discuss the Resource Management Act and the Local Government Acts of New Zealand? If you often find yourself looking for similar queries, then you’ll find this tip helpful.

You can search by subject, U.S. State or Country in the Law Journal Library in HeinOnline. These options can be accessed using the Field or Advanced Search options. There are some general rules to keep in mind when you are using these search options.

  1. You can choose to search across the entire collection, or you can narrow your search to search by subject OR by title. These options do not allow you to search across a specific subject(s) AND across a specific title(s). When you click on a subject from the subject listing, the title listing is grayed out, thus not allowing you to select a title. To reset the list to search by title rather than by subject, click on "All Subjects" from the subject listing.
  2. You can choose to search across multiple subjects by holding down the CTRL key when selecting the subjects. If you search across more than one subject, the query will look for the term across all titles associated with subject 1 or all titles associated with subject 2. Thus, selecting multiple subjects expands your search rather than narrows it.
  3. When searching by Country or U.S. State, you must insert the full name of the country or state rather than the abbreviations. For example, you must enter Florida vs. FL, or United States vs. U.S. or USA.
Now that we’ve covered the basics of these options, let’s look at a few examples.

Example #1:
We want to find law review articles published in Illinois regarding "corporate attorney-client privilege". The corporate attorney-client privilege is most closely related to the field of business.

Open the field search option from the Law Journal Library. Enter the phrase "corporate attorney-client privilege" into the first search box, select Text from the drop down menu and click on phrase. Then insert Illinois into the second search box and select State from the drop down menu. Highlight Business/Economics from the subject listing and click search.

This returns 28 articles that discuss "corporate attorney-client privilege". Now, we want to drill down our results to determine what the essential elements are that make up the privilege. We know the elements were decided in the United States vs. United Shoe Machinery Corp. case. Therefore, click on "Search Within These Results". Enter the following search string: text:"United Shoe Machinery Corp." This narrows our results to 1 article.


Example #2:

Let’s look at another example. We want to find articles from New Zealand publications that discuss the relationship between the Local Government Act of 2002 and Resource Management Act of 1991 in New Zealand and how the principles of sustainable management and sustainable development are affected.

In the Field Search option, insert the phrase "local government act" into the first search box, select Text from the drop down menu and click on phrase. Then insert the phrase "resource management act" into the second search box, select Text from the drop down menu and click on phrase. In the third search box, enter "New Zealand", and select Country from the drop down menu. Highlight Conservation/Environmental Law from the subject listing and click search. This returns 24 articles that discuss these two acts.

Now, to narrow our results to find articles that discuss the principles of sustainable management vs. sustainable development, click on "Search Within These Results". Enter the following search string: text:"sustainable development" AND text:"sustainable management". Click search. This returns 11 articles that discuss these two principles.

Click here to view a video tutorial for "Searching by Subject in the Law Journal Library".


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