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Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment

Based on the topical arrangement of 8,000 scholarly articles, this database presents a comprehensive treatment of business and legal aspects of sports and entertainment.

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Main Search Bar Tips

The main search bar is stationary throughout HeinOnline. After entering the BLASE Library, the Full Text search tab option on the search bar will search within only this database and across all of its tabs. Click Advanced Search to perform a search of material collection-wide. Use the drop downs to build your search, restrict results to within a specific tab or title, or search within a given date range. Need a refresher on how to construct a perfect search? Click Search Help for a quick reference guide to commonly used search syntax.

Advanced search display

Using the Main Search Bar

Search for a particular topic using the main search bar. For example, enter blacklist into the search bar. Historically, the blacklist refers to a list of people in the entertainment industry who were barred by studios from employment because of their real or imagined Communist party membership or sympathies. The blacklist affected the lives of actors, screenwriters, directors, and producers working (or attempting to work) in Hollywood from 1946 until the 1960s. But today, Hollywood has a different blacklist (no, not James Spader's NBC show): the Black List is an annual industry survey of the most-liked unproduced screenplays. Since its founding in 2005, more than 400 of these unmade scripts have been turned into movies, including Academy Award winners Little Miss Sunshine, The King's Speech, and The Imitation Game.

Use the facets on the left side of the page to narrow your results by Date, Document Type, Section Type, Title, Country Published, State Published, and BLASE Subject. For example, under the Document Type facet select Other Government Documents to pull up hearings from the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1952 on Subversive infiltration of radio, television and entertainment industry.

Terms matching the search query appear in bold text within the matching text page snippets. Sort search results by relevance, volume date, and title. Save to your MyHein, 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.

Display of search results

About Venn Diagram Search

In the Main Search Bar tab, we learned about the different facets we can use to narrow and sort our results. But what if we are building a search of multiple terms to learn about a topic and having difficulty calling up the kind of results we want? HeinOnline's new Venn Diagram Search offers a visual representation of how search terms interact with each other to help users both refine their current search terms and become better researchers going forward. 

Let's explore Venn Diagram Search using one of the movie industry's most well-known properties: James Bond. Did you know that the Bond franchise has a long and convoluted copyright controversy that originates before Ian Fleming's spy ever stood in a gun barrel on the silver screen? Cases about who owns Bond, and therefore who can make movies with the character, have been in the courts for more than thirty years. We can learn about this controversy with BLASE and, specifically, Venn Diagram Search.

Searches are constructed by stringing together multiple terms separated by the Boolean operator "AND," with phrases grouped together in quotation marks. Let's search for "james bond" AND copyright AND sony. While today Sony owns MGM/UA, the studio that originally released the Bond films, prior to that Sony had been part of litigation since the 1990s over the film rights to Bond. Our search will bring up 72 results in the diagram.

Venn Diagram search results

The results displayed 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). If we're interested in the results in the other circles, select Clear for the ability to hover over the different segments of the diagram. Once Clear is clicked, the seventy-two results will vanish from the right side of the page. Now as users hover over the diagram they will see all possible search term combinations from our original query. In our example, we can see results for "james bond" AND copyright, "james bond" AND sony, sony AND copyright, or "james bond," copyright and sony individually. Click one of these highlighted circles or intersections to explore their results. For example, we can change our search to see the 137 results for "james bond" AND copyright by clicking that slice of the diagram. Sort the results, save or export them, turn to the specific page of a result, or start at the beginning of a given title.

Change to a different segment in venn diagram

Tools like Venn Diagram can help refine your searching techniques going forward, allowing you to yell "cut!" and wrap filming on production faster.