Finding On-Point Articles Using HeinOnline

Guest post by Melanie R. Bueckert, Legal Research Counsel – Manitoba Court of Appeal

I am very thankful for all of the excellent resources that the Great Library provides through our Law Society Member Portal.  My gratitude has increased greatly during the pandemic, while I have been unable to access the law school’s library.  While I often use HeinOnline to locate articles that I have already determined are relevant to my research, I hesitate to run searches of their databases, as the volume of results can be overwhelming.  However, in at least two cases in the past few months, my research has been improved substantially by their “More Like This” feature.  In case you haven’t used it yet, I will walk you through the very simple process.

Once you have located a relevant article in HeinOnline, look at the top of the document for the “More Like This” button.  Click it.  It will bring you to a list of results related to your article.  If you find that they are not particularly helpful, you can tweak the “Interesting Words” weighting on the left-hand side of the screen or remove some of those words.  You can also enter a new filtering term in the “Enter new term” box underneath the “Interesting Words”.  You can also limit your results by date range.

According to HeinOnline:

More Like This uses a program which finds ‘interesting words’ in an article, as determined by an algorithm that analyzes the article’s text. …

More Like This compares all articles in HeinOnline and ranks them in order based on which articles’ interesting words are most similar to the first article. Results include the top 50 most relevant articles available in HeinOnline.

See More Like This in HeinOnline for more information on this very useful feature.

Contents Update: Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal

The latest edition of Estates,Trusts & Pensions Journal has arrived and is now available for loan.

The current issue, Volume 40 Number 1, December 2020 includes:

FROM THE LAW REPORTS

  • The “Wrong” of Survivorship: A (Very Late) Comment on Pecore v. Pecore by Joel Nikitman
  • The (Ir)revocable Right of Survivorship by Peter Roy Cotton and Calvin Hancock
  • Unhappy Families — Kent Case Commentary by Clay Fernandes and Diane Harbin

ARTICLES

  • Up the Creek Without a Paddle: The Law Relating to Unincorporated Associations by Natasha Smith and Katrina Kairys
  • Considering Indigenous Trust Investments through the Lens of Two-Eyed Seeing by Frankie Young
  • Saskatchewan’s Approach to Costs in Estate Litigation by Beaty F. Beaubier and Christine Libner

If you would like a copy of any of these articles, please email library@lawsociety.mb.ca and we would be happy to provide a pdf version (subject to copyright regulations).

Exciting New Online Resource Features

This month brings a few new features and additions to CanLII and HeinOnline.

CanLII has added the ability to upload your own documents to Lexbox. This new feature lets you keep all your research in one place and use CanLII’s resources like Reflex to automatically link to cited cases and legislation. You can also set up alerts and feeds based on information in your document. For those who subscribe to Clio, you can also now link to CanLII to add a timer straight to the header of every page.

While you are over on CanLII, check out this blog post that analyses how COVID-19 has affected how people are using CanLII, what they are looking for, and why that might be. It includes a really cool animated bar graph.

Over on HeinOnline, they have added a long desired search feature. Users can now search multiple selected databases at a time, right from their HeinOnline welcome page. Now, instead of searching one database at a time, you can select the ones you think will be most useful. This also includes filtering results to help narrow down queries.

HeinOnline has also continued to add new journals to its Law Journal Library, with a collection of now 2,900 titles. If you are interested more in specific authors, scroll down to their Tip of the Month to read more about their Author profile pages.

New Journals added to HeinOnline and CanLII

Among the new journals added this month, HeinOnline now provides current coverage of the Journal of Space Law. “Published by University of Mississippi School of Law since 1973, this widely recognized journal is devoted to space law and the legal problems arising out of human activities in outer space.”

Other titles include:

Summaries of these titles can be found on  the HeinOnline Blog. Another item to note is the ‘Tip of the Month’, which shows you how to send documents to yourself, or others, right from Heinonline.


CanLII has added the Queen’s Law Journal to its collection of online journals.

“First developed in 1968 to showcase the work of Queen’s University’s law students, the Queen’s Law Journal has since become one of the most respected legal publications in Canada and an important scholarly platform for legal commentary. Editors take an interdisciplinary approach that welcomes a diversity of perspectives for publication, the journal is also rigorously refereed. “

-From the CanLII blog