As the Great Library’s staff heads off to spend the holidays with family and friends, and the doors close for the year, I can sneak in this guest post unobserved, like a night-time intruder in a chimney flue. As visions of sugar plums dance in my head, I can’t help wonder if the AI in legal publishing research databases dreams of Santa. Or if it’s not quite clear on the concept. Sometimes Santa’s little legal research helpers need a bit of guidance.
HeinOnline recently announced a simplified syntax for proximity searching. Instead of using parentheses and the tilde symbol, a complicated construction that no one could remember, you can now use “w/n” (where w means within and n is a number) to specify how close together you want your search terms to appear. Continue reading