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Open Society Justice Initiative

The Open Society Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations, was established in 2003 to provide expert legal support for Open Society's broader mission and values through strategic human rights litigation and other legal work.


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  • The main search bar is stationary throughout HeinOnline
  • Once inside the Open Society Justice Initiative library, 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

Main search barUsing the Main Search Bar

  • For example, enter the phrase "women's rights" inside quotation marks into the search bar
    • Select where you want to search for this phrase: as an Author, as 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

Main search bar example

  • Use the facets on the left side of the page to narrow your results by Date, Publication Type, or Title
  • 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

View of search resultsUsing 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, and Creator/Author are the default suggestions, but Publication Type is an additional option. Add another search field if three isn't enough. Restrict results within a date range and change how results are sorted.

Advanced search page

About Venn Diagram Search

HeinOnline's 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 racial profiling in criminal justice with Venn Diagram Search, which can be accessed under Advanced Search. Searches are constructed by stringing together multiple terms separated by the Boolean operator "AND," with phrases grouped together in quotation marks.

In this example, let's search for discrimination AND profiling AND police to bring up 31 results in the Venn Diagram.

A venn diagram search

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 thirty-one 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 discrimination AND profiling, profiling AND police, discrimination AND police, and the terms discrimination, police and profiling individually. Click one of these highlighted circles or intersections to explore their results. For example, we can change our search to see the 123 results for discrimination AND police by clicking that slice of the diagram. Sort the results, save or export, turn to the specific page of a result, or start at the beginning of a given title.

Alternate venn diagram search