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HeinOnline takes user feedback very seriously. Whenever possible, we implement suggestions we receive. Recently, HeinOnline user @legalkm tweeted about proximity searching:
We immediately looked into whether we could add “w/#” search syntax for proximity searching to HeinOnline’s capabilities, because we don’t like to see sad faces in the same tweet as a reference to HeinOnline. Great news: we did it!
For example, let’s search in the Law Journal Library for the word ‘jury’ within five words of ‘discrimination’:
1. jury w/5 discrimination
2. “jury discrimination”~5
Both search queries produce the same set of search results, as depicted below.
This change makes searching in HeinOnline even more user-friendly. Researchers who may be familiar with other databases’ search syntax for term proximity are now able to seamlessly change between interfaces.