HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Find and Search Across a Specific Document in the Restatements of the Law in the American Law Institute Library

Do you have a specific term that you are searching for within a specific document in a Restatement in the American Law Institute Library? Or do you wish to narrow your search across a specific subset of documents? HeinOnline’s American Law Institute collection contains several Preliminary Drafts, Council Drafts, Tentative Drafts, and Proposed Final Drafts as part of its Restatements of the Law section. You may find it helpful to narrow your search to look across just tentative drafts or just proposed final drafts within a specific Restatement. This week’s tip/shortcut is going to illustrate how to build a search that allows you to focus on one of these specific subsets of documents.

To begin our example, let’s first look at the citation for a page within a restatement so that we get a full understanding of how each page is cited. Why are we going to do this? Once you understand how the page is cited, you will be able to use the information from the citation to build a search using the citation field, thus allowing us to narrow our results to a specific type of document.

So, from the collection home page, click on II. Restatements of the Law. Then scroll down until you see Restatement, Second, Torts and click on that. Now, click on Council Draft 3, February 15, 1958.

Once the page opens, click on the "Citation" option from the page toolbar. This will display the citation to the page that we are currently viewing. It should read "1958 Restatement Second Torts Council Draft No. 3 [i] (1958) Title Page". This is telling you that you are looking specifically at a document (in this case Council Draft No. 3) within a specific section of the Restatements (in this case Restatement, Second, Torts). In seeing this, you now know that "Council Draft" is part of the citation.

Now, let’s look at a specific example. Let’s focus on "negligently given orders" as they pertain to Individual Contractors associated with an Employer. For example, this could include a situation in which the Employer was aware that the tasks being asked of their Individual Contractor involved an unreasonable level of risk of causing bodily harm to others. Given the nature of the subject at hand, references to this relationship between the Employer and the Individual Contractor will most likely be found in Restatement, Second, Torts.

Open the Advanced Search option from within the ALI collection. Using the advanced search, you can search across a specific type of document such as Council Drafts or Preliminary Drafts using the citation field. To do this, enter the following text into the search box:

text: "independent contractor" AND citation: "preliminary drafts"

Then highlight Restatement, Second, Torts from the title listing and click search.

This returns 19 results with links to pages that reference "independent contractor" in the preliminary drafts of the Restatement, Second, Torts.

Now, you want to further narrow your results to find discussions pertaining to the employer’s "negligently given orders". To do this, click on Search Within These Results and insert the following search string:

text: "negligently given orders"

This returns 1 result with a link to Preliminary Draft No. 6 from 1958.

Now, let's look at another example. You want to find references to adoption within Proposed Final Drafts and Tentative Drafts in the Restatement of the Law, Conflict of Laws. To do this search, open the Advanced Search option again and insert:

text:adoption AND (citation:"tentative draft" OR citation:"proposed final draft")

So, in sum, using the "citation" field in this library will allow you to narrow your search to specific documents within the Restatements of the Law.

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