Library Corner: What’s New in the Stacks – Recent Changes to HeinOnline & Lexis Advance

by Catherine M. Dunn, Head of Reference Services

A Match Made in Heaven? HeinOnline & Fastcase Partner Up

Regular users of HeinOnline may have noticed a new “Fastcase” tab at the top of the screen.  HeinOnline recently launched a new partnership with Fastcase which will provide for expanded access to federal and state case law. HeinOnline users may use this new tab to retrieve case law by citation, and case citations contained within documents on HeinOnline will now hyperlink to the text of the opinion.  After selecting a case, users may retrieve the “most cited cases” connected to that case or a list of the articles on HeinOnline that cite to the case.


Very Welcome Enhancements to Lexis Advance

In addition, Lexis Advance just launched new enhancements that allow users to see a full list of available materials in a given practice area (finally!).  To do so, users should click on “Browse Sources” at the top right of the screen and then select “Practice Areas & Topics” from the list of limits on the left-hand navigational bar.  Users may then further limit the list of materials by “Content Type,” such as Secondary Materials or Cases.

Other new Lexis Advance enhancements include a “word wheel” that allows users to search for an individual database by slowly typing its name in the main search box and selecting it from the list that appears, as well as the continued migration of content to Lexis Advance such as Lexis’ 50 State Surveys and practice-oriented articles through Law360.

For more information on how to use these new enhancements, please come see a member of the reference team at the information desk in the law library.  We are happy to help!

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