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What are the definitions of the content section types in HeinOnline?

Section types are based on how they are labeled on a table of contents from the publication. For example, if something is labeled an article, note, or a comment in the publication’s table of contents, we index the corresponding section type in HeinOnline. Section types which are not listed specifically in the publication’s table of contents are categorized by HeinOnline based on the following:


Used for an appendices only and are easily identifiable within a title. Alternate names include: AppendixAppendices, or Appendixes. An appendix contains supplemental material, such as tables or source material, which does not conveniently fit into a chapter.


Refers to an article in a law journal or periodical; typically labeled as an “article” in the table of contents. These may also be listed as “feature,” or will appear as the main focus of an issue.


Denote court cases and commonly used in the U.S. Supreme Court Library, or in State Reports as the division type for the group of cases.


This is only used as a section type when it is explicitly labeled a chapter in any type of book or serial.


Refers to someone speaking or shorter sections such as: Introductions, Forwards, Keynote Addresses, Prefaces, Acknowledgements, Lectures, Transcripts, Speeches, or Essays.


Denote the Table of ContentsList of Contents, or Summary of Contents. Typically appears in the publication’s front matter and lists the sections of the publication.


This section type is not used very often. If a title is divided up into a list of countries, the Country section type is used.


Refers to sections labeled “recent decisions”, instead of cases in the publication. These can occur in law journals and are interchangeable with Cases, in some circumstances.


Typically only apply to law journals and typically appear at the beginning of an issue.  This section type only applies to Editorials, who are always labeled as such.


Refers to any type of list or table, Indices, and Bibliographies, excluding a table of cases.


Mostly apply to law journals, but can also be used to denote separate volumes that are bound together.


Typically used in law journals which have a “recent legislation” section or something similar.


Typically refers to multiple sections at the end of a title, such as a bar journal, who often have various sections such as: classified, bar notes, members, letters, etc.


In law journals or periodicals, when a section is labeled as a “Note” in the publication’s Table of Contents.  This section type can also refer to a shorter article written by a student or sections not specifically labeled in the publication’s table of contents.

In books, the notes section type is applied when a section is not clearly labeled as a chapter.

When a section type cannot be clearly identified, the Notes section is applied.


Denotes book reviews in periodicals, which are clearly labeled.

Table of Cases

This section only refers to tables of cases or a list of court cases. These sections can appear similar to indexes, however, are often labeled as Table of Cases in the publication’s table of contents.

Title Page

Used only for Title Pages or the page that precedes any other material in a publication with the title on it.


Applies to publications with multiple volumes.

Table of Contents