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HeinOnline is an online, fully-searchable, image-based database of over 2000 legal journals and other resources related to legal history. It is "the world's largest image-based legal research collection and contains more than 9 centuries of legal history". The following resources are included in this donation (descriptions of the databases are available here):

  • HeinOnline Law Journals Library
  • HeinOnline History of International Law
  • HeinOnline Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law
  • HeinOnline Scottish Legal History
  • HeinOnline American Law Institute Library

There are up to 25 one-year accounts available to Wikipedians through this pilot partnership.


  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content;
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content;
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content;

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download HeinOnline content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose.
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles.
  • Violate any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the HeinOnline website they are accessing.

Private and confidential information

  • To apply for TWL resources you must agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, where further information about how we process your data can be found.


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  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to HeinOnline resources.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted HeinOnline pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of HeinOnline, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Make efforts to provide full citation information in line with the citation examples provided below, or with the examples provided by HeinOnline, where possible
Note that citation styles vary by article, and using every parameter in the example is not a requirement of access; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles or projects they are working on.


{{cite journal|author=Paul C. Weiler|authorlink=Paul C. Weiler|title=Rights and Judges in a Democracy|url=|journal=[[University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform]]|year=1984|volume=18|issue=1|pages=51–92}} {{Subscription needed|via=[[HeinOnline]]}}

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  • Add {{Wikipedia:HeinOnline/Userbox}} to your user boxes. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
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