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HeinOnline Academic

Designed Specifically for U.S. Institutions

The HeinOnline Academic package was specifically created so universities may replace existing resources for a fraction of the cost. The package features more than 124 million pages of content and covers more than 100 subject areas. With more historical content than any other database, HeinOnline provides access to 300+ years of information on political development and the complete history of the creation of government and legal systems around the world. Unveil the history of America with the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, equipped with unique tools to help users quickly locate specific content.

Subjects Include:

  • Political Science
  • History
  • Criminal Justice
  • Religious Studies
  • International Relations
  • Women’s Studies
  • Pre-law
  • Business/Economics
  • And many more!

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Includes U.S. Federal & State Case Law

HeinOnline Academic also includes Fastcase, a leading next-generation legal research service that features powerful “best-case-first” tools that make research faster than ever. This service provides subscribers access to a wide array of case law at the federal and state levels and enables users to access the full text of cases through their HeinOnline subscription without the hassle of using multiple research databases.


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“Our library is excited to provide our patrons with access to HeinOnline Academic for a number of reasons:

  1. Outstanding collection of law and law-related journals
  2. Excellent coverage of U.S. congressional content, which allowed us to cancel several expensive subscriptions (saving thousands of dollars per year)
  3. Exceptional coverage of federal law and regulations
  4. Access to specialized collections (e.g. Religion and the Law, Women and the Law) which are of interest to a growing number of researchers on our campus
  5. Last, but not least – outstanding communication with HeinOnline representatives during all phases of acquisition, from initial trial through online and face-to-face demonstrations, license negotiation and contract-signing

This is an outstanding resource which we anticipate will get great use from our paralegal, public affairs, and political science researchers, but also such from a wide variety of users from a wide variety of academic departments on our campus.”

– Orlando Archibeque | Research Support Librarian | Auraria Library

Databases Included in the Research Package:

Academic journals provide a wealth of information, as in-depth analyses of important decisions. Unlike other online databases, HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library is comprehensive, beginning with the first issue ever published of more than 2,800 periodicals and going through the most current issue allowed based on contracts with publishers.

This collection brings together books, biographies, and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. It provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project, which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

This database includes the official reports and opinions of the U.S. Attorney General (both the Official Opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States as well as the Opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice). Also included are guides, handbooks, hearings, and other materials related to the study of criminal justice in the United States.

HeinOnline’s Religion and the Law consists of more than 2,100 titles and more than 1,000,000 pages that include books, periodicals, and bibliographies. The database includes the Christian Legal Society publications, an assortment of Canon Law, and rare historical bibles. Featuring works, History of the Church and State, Religion and Freedom, Jewish Law, Religion and Politics, the Bible in Public Schools, and more.

The Serial Set is considered an essential publication for unveiling American history. Spanning more than two centuries with more than 17,000 bound volumes, the records in this series include House and Senate Documents, House and Senate Reports, and more. The documents include all other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate. Documents cover a wide variety of topics, including reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, executive-branch materials were also published in the Serial Set.

The U.S. Congressional Documents database features the complete Congressional Record bound volume set from its inception in 1873 as well as the three predecessor titles: Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837) and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873). Also available and updated daily are the Congressional Record Dailies from 1980 to the present. Every page is fully searchable and all content is in an image-based PDF format, thus preserving the authenticity of the original documents.

HeinOnline’s Federal Register coverage is comprehensive and begins from inception (1936). The Federal Register is updated daily in HeinOnline, which means you can always access material from the previous business day. Also include is the Code of Federal Regulations with coverage from inception (1938) to current. Additional documents include the United States Government Manual from inception (1935) and the Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents.

The U.S. Presidential is a primary source for locating and searching for presidential documents, including the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the President, and more! In addition to the primary material, it contains other significant presidential documents, speeches, select hearings and reports, as well as links to outside sources.

HeinOnline’s GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions database contains reports on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of federal programs conducted by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). All published reports, testimonies, correspondence, and special publications are included (documents that are restricted or classified are not). GAO Comptroller General Decisions contain decisions and opinions issued by the Comptroller General in areas of federal law such as appropriations, bid protests, and federal agency rulemaking.

The U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals Library is a complete collection of the official case law of some of the United States’ most important government institutions. This case law, also known as decision law, is the body of reported judicial opinions that are published by each agency and thereby become precedent and the basis for future decisions.

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This database contains complete coverage of the official U.S. Reports bound volumes as well as preliminary prints, slip opinions, and books and periodicals related to the U.S. Supreme Court are included in this database.

Fastcase Basic, which is included free of charge with HeinOnline Academic, offers the ability to access U.S. state and federal case law via inline hyperlinks or by entering a case citation from the Citation tab on the HeinOnline Welcome Page or inside any HeinOnline database. Like HeinOnline’s “Citations on a Page” feature, case citations referenced in the text of any document in HeinOnline will link to the case in Fastcase. Links will be highlighted in blue, and clicking on the link will pull in the full text from Fastcase.

The Foreign Relations of the United States series began in 1861 during the Lincoln administration and now comprises of more than 900 volumes. It presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The volumes contain documents from various presidential libraries, the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council, the CIA and other foreign affairs agencies, as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy.

This database contains more than 1,400 titles and 1,000,000 pages dating back to 1690 on subjects such as: Hague Conferences and Conventions, International Arbitration, Law of the Sea, the Nuremberg Trials, War & Peace, and much more. Included are classic books from famous authors such as Hans Kelsen, Samuel Pufendork and James Brown Scott, significant serials such as the International Law Studies Series [U.S. Naval War College], International Conciliation, and Studies in Transnational Legal Policy, and links to scholarly articles that discuss the history of international law.

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This database includes all U.S. treaties, whether currently in force, expired, or not yet officially published. It contains more than 18,000 records of treaties and agreements to which the United States has been a party, and also offers a very powerful indexing tool that is unsurpassed by any other online U.S. treaty database. In addition to including the actual page-images of all published and in-force treaties and agreements, this collection includes thousands of unpublished treaties and agreements that have been identified through the records of the United States National Archives and Records Administration, United States Senate Treaty Documents, the Freedom of Information Act, and several other official U.S. government sources.

The U.S. Federal Legislative History Library contains two primary sections. The first section, the U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection, contains more than 2,400 comprehensive federal legislative histories published by the U.S. GPO and private publishers. These titles can be browsed by publication title, public law number or the popular name of the public law. From the title listing, researchers can quickly link to the public law in the U.S. Statutes at Large, or link to the entry within the Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories database.

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The United States Statutes at Large is the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Every law, public and private, ever enacted by Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage. Until 1948, all treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were also published in the set. This database includes complete coverage of the Statutes at Large, and features multiple browsing and searching options to enhance the online value over the paper volumes.

The United States Code (U.S.C.) is a compilation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent federal laws of the United States based on what is printed in the Statutes at Large. HeinOnline’s coverage is from inception (1925-1926) to current.

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The Legal Classics database offers more than 12,000 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history, including Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Frederick William Maitland, Frederick Pollock, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Edwardo Coke and many more! In addition to many “classics”, this collection includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world. The collection focuses on constitutional law, comparative law, political science, and other classic topics and includes works dating back to the 1500s.

Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense. These “Pentagon Papers” are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.

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Gun regulation in the United States is arguably among the most controversial and heavily-debated topics in American history. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Our goal is to facilitate productive discussions and help bring all sides of this argument together to effect positive change and prevent more senseless loss of life.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. Our cases go into the 20th century, because long after slavery was ended, there were still court cases based on issues emanating from slavery. To give one example, as late as 1901 Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had to decide if a man, both of whose parents had been slaves, could be the legitimate heir of his father, because under southern law, slaves could never be legally married.

The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 is a public law passed by the United States Congress. It directed the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to create a collection of records known as the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection. The JFK Act stated that the collection should consist of all U.S. government documents relating to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, including any state or local law enforcement materials.

World Constitutions Illustrated focuses on the constitutional and political development of every country in the world. It is presented in a platform that brings together constitutional and government documents, books, articles, bibliographic references, and websites all related to the political development of each country’s government. It contains more than 6,000 classic books about constitutional history and jurisprudence, political development and economic history around the world.

Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies: A Bibliographic Listing by Louis W. Bookheim is a unique resource containing the most current and comprehensive listing of publications created by presidential advisory bodies. United States presidents have historically created such advisory groups—also called committees, commissions, boards, blue ribbon panels, or task forces—to advise them on particular problems or issues. This collection will aid researchers interested in United States history, political science, and law. Both the print and online versions are indexed by commission/advisory body name, report title, report subject, and presidential administration. Whenever possible, links to the full text of reports are provided.

This database features the complete print series Supreme Court of the U.S. Hearings and Reports on Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee by Roy M. Mersky and J. Myron Jacobstein. The Browse by Justice option allows the user to link directly to relevant content, articles, and bibliography as applicable to each justice! Also included are more than 250 titles related to the Supreme Court and its justices. This database is up to date including the latest Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh.


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To help researchers understand these rare but always fascinating historical events, HeinOnline now offers a new collection, U.S. Presidential Impeachment. Organized by the four affected presidents, this collection brings together a variety of documents both contemporaneous and asynchronous to each president’s impeachment, presenting both a snapshot of the political climate as each impeachment played out and the long view history has taken of each proceeding.

This database features the complete print series Supreme Court of the U.S. Hearings and Reports on Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee by Roy M. Mersky and J. Myron Jacobstein. The Browse by Justice option allows the user to link directly to relevant content, articles, and bibliography as applicable to each justice! Also included are more than 250 titles related to the Supreme Court and its justices. This database is up to date including the latest Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh.

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This database brings AEI’s collection of scholarship to HeinOnline’s fully searchable image-based format. Unique to this collection is the ability to search by Policy Area, a subject identifier assigned by AEI to each of its publications, which organizes their works into the following areas: economics; foreign and defense policy; society and culture; health care; politics and public opinion; poverty studies, and education. Additional Policy Areas within each of these main categories further organize publications into more specific areas of scope.

In this database, find factual information about how COVID-19 and other pandemics have impacted public health, economics, society, and the world. Access hundreds of Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports, updated regularly as the current fluctuating situation evolves. Also discover a curated list of relevant scholarly articles and external links to supplement your pandemic research.

To help researchers understand the mighty but ill-defined power of presidential executive privilege, this database provides primary and secondary source material such as government documents from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches along with related books and scholarly articles. Peruse congressional hearings, reports, memoranda, and more, as well as law review articles and books that invoke, debate, and explore instances of executive privilege from our country’s founding to the present day.

This database brings together a diverse offering of publications covering civil rights in the United States as their legal protections and definitions are expanded to cover more and more Americans. Containing hearings and committee prints, legislative histories on the landmark legislation, CRS and GAO reports, briefs from major Supreme Court cases, and publications from the Commission on Civil Rights, this database allows users to educate themselves on the ways our civil rights have been strengthened and expanded over time, as well as how these legal protections can go further still.

This highly regarded series from the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy includes scholarly works from some of the leading political and legal theorists of the 20th and 21st centuries, from a wide range of ideological perspectives.

HeinOnline Academic Webinar Series

Are you looking for guidance in researching a particular subject or discipline? We’re here to help! Join us every month as we feature a new research topic in our 30-minutes HeinOnline Academic webinar series dedicated to researching the most popular subjects within HeinOnline Academic.

Upcoming HeinOnline Academic Webinar

Theme: Researching the U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Length: 30 minutes

Learn how users can discover the wealth of American history held within HeinOnline with a few simple clicks! Join HeinOnline experts Steve Roses and Tim Hooge as they dive into the treasure trove that is the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. You don’t want to miss this webinar!


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