Answered By: Research support team
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2022     Views: 4

Thanks for checking with us about Hein Online.

Although we do not subscribe to Hein Online, you likely have access to the articles you have been looking for through a different provider. I explain below.

But first, on the subject of Hein (or any other article provider) encouraging you to pay for an account: Please never pay for access to articles or books without checking with us first. If we do not have a specific article or book, there is a strong possibility we can get you a copy through Interlibrary Loan. We send articles digitally while books go through Canada Post. There is no cost to you for this service.  

Regarding how you can search for the articles you have been wanting from HeinOnline:

Search NexsUni. This tool is where many of our legal journals are held. You can get to Nexis Uni from the ‘Access the A-Z database list’ link >> ‘N’ on our homepage  Once in, you can select the ‘Law Reviews’ button to search across all law reviews in the collection or, if you want specifically Canadian material, there are options for narrowing that way lower down on the page.

Regardless of which path you take here, be careful about the date range. By default NexisUni only brings back quite recent material, and simply blocks out the older content. So make sure you are looking as far back in time as you think is appropriate for your question.

Here is a screenshot to highlight some of what I am talking about:

It may also be worth your while to try a couple of databases on the Proquest platform, too. You can get to ‘Proquest MAINMENU’ from the ‘Access the A-Z database list’ link >> ‘P’ on our homepage  

Going in this way auto-selects all the Proquest databases, which is too much. So click on the ‘Change databases’ link at the top of the screen, uncheck all of the databases, and then check off what, based on the database descriptions, you think might help. Without knowing what you are looking for I tentatively suggest ‘Canadian Business and Current Affairs’, ‘Criminal Justice databases’ and perhaps ‘National Criminal Justice Reference Service’.

There may of course be other databases that are also well suited to your needs. Business databases such as ‘Business Source Complete’ and ‘ABI Inform Collection’ for example. And others. If you would like a hand figuring out what those are, email us back or make an appointment from the button on our homepage. But in terms of our legal resources, I suggest you start with NexisUni and the Proquest ones.

What if you know what specific article you want?

Usually, if you have a specific citation for which you want the full text, I suggest you do an article title search in Google Scholar making sure to access Google Scholar from the library homepage. (Look for the Google Scholar button below and to the right of the main search box.) This path ends up identifying you as a Royal Roads student. If we have the article you want in one of our collections, you are provided with a ‘Full-Text @ RRU’ link. If we do not have the article in the library collection but the article appears online on some free platform, you get a link.


but this approach is not reliable for the articles held in Nexis Uni. Nexis Uni does not play well with our other systems and as a result you are not given a path to articles when you search their titles in NexisUni. So if you are looking for a specific article from a legal journal, my suggestion is to search the article title in NexisUni, making sure the publication date range in your search covers the article’s publication date. If approach that does not work, try searching the article from our access to Google Scholar just in case. (The Proquest collections are nicely integrated with our Google Scholar link.)

What else can you do?

I expect you will find most of your Hein articles in our collection, but that there will be others which elude you. For those others:

As I explained above, you can request specific articles from us through Interlibrary loan. Our turnaround time for articles is a few days. You can find the link to Interlibrary Loan on the very top menu of our homepage. From there, you will find a link to the request form.

I hope that covers it. Please let us know if you have follow up questions.

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