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Artificial Intelligence & Natural Language Processing Tools

HeinOnline has implemented artificial intelligence and natural language processing tools to help both novice and experienced researchers make the most of its content.

Explore This Author

About Explore this Author

Explore This Author is an interactive tool which uses metadata, natural language processing, and machine learning to analyze authors and identify relationships between them.* Discover an author’s most-discussed subjects, the journals in which they most frequently publish, recurring co-authors, and more with this tool located on Author Profile Pages within HeinOnline.

*Author profile metrics continue to be fluid with this tool as new material is added to HeinOnline.

image of Bonnie Shucha's author profile page in HeinOnline showcasing the Explore This Author Button

Available Facets

The Explore This Author tool redirects users to an interactive chart of facets*, each of which can be used to analyze the author’s work or his relationship to other authors or journals. Facets include:

  • PathFinder Subjects: Frequent subjects about which this author has written.
  • Cited by: Authors who have cited this author.
  • Cites to: Authors who have been cited by this author and the specific articles in which they are cited.
  • Related Authors: Authors similar to the author in question. Calculated by an algorithm which takes into account all facets, as well as organizations, people, and locations within the texts of the author in question.
  • Co-Authors: Authors who have co-written with this author and the articles they authored together.
  • Publications: The journals in which the author is most frequently published.

*Each facet expansion is limited to the top 10 results


Search Example

To use the Explore This Author tool, navigate to an author profile page in HeinOnline and select the Explore This Author link. For example, let’s test out the feature by exploring HeinOnline author Bonnie Shucha.

For instance, select the PathFinder Subjects facet to view Bonnie Shucha’s top ten discussed subjects.

Next, users will notice that each subject is hyperlinked in blue. Click on any of the listed subjects. This will automatically perform a query across all subscribed databases looking for works by Bonnie Shucha related to that subject. For example, select Internet to view all available works by Bonnie Shucha on the subject.

image of search results for articles written by Bonnie Shucha on the subject of Internet

Go back to the tool and select the Related Authors facet to view a list of authors like Bonnie Shucha who write about the same subjects, organizations, people, and more. This feature also includes author affiliations and their ScholarRank. Click on an author’s name to be directed to their author profile page.

image of authors who write about the same subjects as Bonnie Shucha