How do I search the Index of Cases in the English Reports to find a case?

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How do I search the Index of Cases in the English Reports to find a case?


The English Reports Full Reprint in HeinOnline contains two index volumes that contain an index of cases from A to K and L to Z. These indexes can be accessed from the main page. Click on English Reports Full Reprint.

From here scroll to the bottom and click on the English Reports: Index of Cases.

Or, using the Advanced Search option in the English Reports library you can build a search that will look for a case across a specific letter from within the index. We’re going to focus on how to build this search and then quickly pull up the case you are looking for.

The two index volumes are titled “Index A to K” and “Index L to Z”. If we look inside one of the index volumes at the Table of Contents, we will see that each letter within the index is tagged as the “description” for that section (this is denoted by the italics in the Table of Contents).

Knowing these two things will allow us to build a search across the volume title and description fields. To build this search, we must first identify the field names that we need to use in the syntax of the search. The field name for the volume titles in this case is “volseries” and the field name for description is simply “description.”

Example:  We want to find the cases that involve “Hawley” from within the first index volume, Index A to K.

You can search this using the Full Text tab at the top of the main page. To build the search, first insert the volume title, then insert the description to narrow it to the correct letter in the index, and then insert the key word. The syntax would appear as follows:

volseries:”Index A to K” AND description:H AND text:Hawley

This will return 1 result that is an exact match to Index A to K with a link to the page where Hawley appears.

Once we pull up the page, we can quickly scan across the index to identify the volume and the page number that the full text of the case appears on.

If you see blue links, this means the case can be found in HeinOnline. Simply click on the blue link and it will bring you directly to the case. You can also pull up the case using the Citation box at the top of the main page. For example, if we want to pull up the Hawley v. Cutts case, we can insert 22 Eng. Rep. 1034 into the Citation search and to pull up the full-text of the case will appear.

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