HeinOnline is a free premier online research source and is now available for your iPhone and iPad. The HeinOnline app allows the user to “view the image-based PDFs, access content by citation, browse by volume, navigate a volume with the electronic table of contents, and use full advanced searching techniques.”
To get started, the user will need a username and password or the user can simply visit a law school campus and touch the “IP Authentication” button, which grants access to the user for 30 days from any location. After 30 days, the user will need to visit the law school to re-authenticate the IP address to continue access.
This is the home screen that offers the user many different legal journals to choose from, depending on the topic of the research. In this instance, I am looking for information on secondary copyright infringement. So, I chose the broad option of Law Journal Library.
In the search box, I typed the search terms “secondary copyright infringement” and was presented with a list of law reviews that offered information on intellectual property and copyright infringement.
I chose “Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law” from the Washington and Lee Law Review. This screen gives you the option of downloading the information in PDF format…
…or browsing the Table of Contents to pinpoint exactly what it is you are looking for.
I think the app has a lot of information that could potentially help the researcher immensely. The problem with using an iPhone to search this site is that most of the journal names or titles of law reviews are cut off by the size of the small screen. This is an irritating feature that is not remedied when you click on the title, as it is still cut off by ellipses on the following screen.
The HeinOnline app may work better on the iPad since it has a bigger screen to fully display journal and law review title names. I think if you are in a rush and need to use a legal app to quickly find helpful information, I would use a different app. This one takes too long to navigate and the small screen is an obstacle that is tough to ignore. I would personally stick with HeinOnline on a computer and find another iPhone app to use for legal research at my fingertips.
~Catherine Chesnut, Class of 2013~