New HeinOnline Feature Visualizes Author’s Connections to Scholarly Community

HeinOnline, a database of laws, law journals, and other legal texts, recently added a new feature called “Explore this Author” to author profiles.  It allows readers to visualize how an author’s scholarship connects with the scholarly community. Look for the “Explore this Author” link at the top left of the author’s profile.

Users will be redirected to an interactive chart of facets, each of which can be used to analyze the author’s work or his/her relationship to other authors or journals. Facets include:

  • Topics: Frequent topics about which this author has written.
  • Cited by: Authors who have cited this author.
  • Cites to: Authors who have been cited by this author and the specific articles in which they are cited.
  • Related Authors: Authors similar to the author in question. Calculated by an algorithm which takes into account all facets, as well as organizations, people, and locations within the texts of the author in question.
  • Co-Authors: Authors who have co-written with this author and the articles they authored together.
  • Publications: The journals in which the author is most frequently published.

For more information, see the HeinOnline blog.

HeinOnline is available onsite at the UW Law Library and the Wisconsin State Law Library.  Individuals with a Wisconsin State Law Library card may also access it online.