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Water Rights & Resources

This collection focuses on the various uses for water, from hydropower, to agriculture, to drinking water, and how increasing pressures on water supply from climate change exacerbates historical tensions over who has access to water for what purpose.


Main Search Bar Tips

  • The main search bar is stationary throughout HeinOnline
  • Once inside the Water Rights & Resources 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

The homepage of the database, with a free-form search bar across the top of the page.


Using the Main Search Bar

  • For example, enter the phrase "colorado river" inside quotation marks into the 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

When typing in the main search bar, five places to search within will autopopulate: Just Search For; Author; Title; Citation; Catalog  

  • Use the facets on the left side of the page to narrow your results by Date, Document Type, Section Type, Location, Title, Organization, Person, or Subjects
  • 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

The search results page will show all results with matching text pages showing where in a result the search phrase appears, with options to download a pdf, email the result, or bookmark to MyHein on the right-hand of the results page. Search facets appear on the left-hand side of the page.

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, or Description
    • Add another search field if three isn't enough
  • Select a subcollection to search within, Ctrl + click to select multiple subcollections, or search in all
  • Pick a title by citation to search within
  • Restrict results within a date range and change how results are sorted

Use the text field and boolean operators to construct more complex searches. Limit where to search for these terms using the Select Document Type box.

Search results page with results listed by relevance, with refinement facets on the left-hand side of the page.

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



A venn diagram showing three intersecting circles representing the search terms "great lakes," "water quality" and pollution, with a list of their accompanying search results

  • 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:
    • "great lakes" AND pollution
    • "great lakes" AND "water quality"
    • "water quality" AND pollution
    • the terms "great lakes", "water quality", and pollution individually
  • Sort the results, save or export, turn to the specific page of a result, or start at the beginning of a given title