HeinOnline is a legal database with a large collection of American and international legal journals, case law (primarily US and Canada) and other specific legal content such as Criminal Justice & Criminology, World Constitutions, etc. The Law Journal Library, for example, contains over 3100 fully searchable American and international journals. On the homepage, you can see the content that is provided through Ghent University.


Using the search bar at the top, you can enter keywords to begin your search in HeinOnline. You can run your search on all sources, or you can limit your search to specific sets of sources via the 'All Databases' button to the right of the search bar. The 'Advanced Search' button below the search bar allows for more advanced and refined searches. On the results page, you can use the filters on the left to further refine your search.

Below the search bar, you can also search all content on HeinOnline by category or database.


In the Law Journal Library on HeinOnline, you can use PathFinder, a multi-level taxonomy of research subjects. Based on machine learning and human curation, it gives an overview of specific subjects for each piece of individual content in the database. This allows you to search for content in a targeted way and find related content that is relevant to your search query.


  • The Knowledge Base and Libguides also contain a lot of information on how to use HeinOnline.
  • The video below gives a short introduction ot research using HeinOnline. On the Youtube channel, you can find videos on specific databases, recordings of webinars, training sessions, etc.


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Last modified Jan. 31, 2024, 3:42 p.m.