Word/Phrase Radio Buttons Are Going Away on the Field Search Option

At the end of the month when we release our January 2010 content, we will be revealing a subtle physical change that has a big change in functionality. Up until now, whenever you used HeinOnline's Field Search option you had to identify whether the terms you entered into the search box were 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. In a few days, when we release our January content, we will be removing these word and phrase radio buttons from our field search option. This means that now when you are searching for a phrase, you will have to put your phrase in quotations.

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. 

If you would like to provide us with any additional feedback on our searching options, please email us at holsupport@wshein.com or use our feedback form.

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