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ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals

A digital collection comprised of all current and historical periodicals from the American Bar Association, featuring 44 titles previously only available to ABA section members.

Search Tips

Main Search Bar Tips

  • The one-box search bar is stationary throughout HeinOnline
  • Once inside the ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals database, the search bar will search only within this database, unless the Search All Databases box is ticked
  • Need something more robust? Click Advanced Search to perform a search using custom drop-downs
  • Need a refresher on how to construct a perfect search? Click Search Help for a quick reference guide to commonly used search syntax

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For example, enter the query "private merger" AND antitrust AND challeng* into the one-search bar.

  • Select where you want to search for this phrase: as an Author, appearing in the Title of any document or article, as a Citation, or in our Catalog as a title. Want to see your search in any of these fields, or appearing in the full text of a document? Select Just search for

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  • Use the facets on the left side of the page to narrow your results by Date, PathFinder Subjects, Section Type, Location, Title, Organization, Person, or Edit Type
  • Terms matching the search query appear in bold text within the matching text page snippets
  • Sort search results by relevance, volume date, or title
  • Save to your MyHein account, email a result, display download options, or download a PDF using the icons on the right side of each search result
  • Use the icons next to the sort-by bar to modify your current search, to search within results, to toggle all matching text pages, or to turn OFF infinite scroll

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Using Advanced Search

  • Click Advanced Search to be taken to a page with custom facets to help maximize your research within this collection
  • Use the drop-downs to choose a variety of ways to search: Text, Title, Creator/Author, Description, or Date
    • Add another search field if three isn't enough
  • Select a Document Type to search within
  • Pick a title by citation to search within
  • Restrict results within a date range and change how results are sorted

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About Venn Diagram Search


  • Venn Diagram Search offers a visual representation of how search terms interact with each other
  • Helps users both refine their current search terms and become better researchers going forward
  • Find the link to Venn Diagram Search on the Advanced Search page
  • Searches are constructed by stringing together multiple terms separated by the Boolean operator "AND," with phrases grouped together in quotation marks

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  • Results on the right side of the page pertain to the search as we originally constructed it (represented by the red slice in the center of the intersecting circles)
  • Select Clear for the ability to hover over the different segments of the diagram and see all possible search term combinations from our original query
  • In our example, we can see results for:
    • "private merger" AND litigation
    • "private merger" AND antitrust
    • antitrust AND litigation
    • the terms "private merger," antitrust and litigation individually
  • Sort the results, save or export, turn to the specific page of a result, or start at the beginning of a given title

Keyword Search Builder

The Keyword Search Builder is located within the Advanced Search option of ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals.

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From here, enter keywords into one or more boxes and use the boost levels to give more weight to the most important terms in the query. Additionally, you can enter a specific date range for your query.

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This tool compares all articles in HeinOnline and ranks them in order based on the chosen keywords. Results include the top 50 most relevant articles available in HeinOnline.

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