Paving the Way: Colin Powell’s Career and Legacy

Author Profile Pages, Current Events, Military and Government
Lauren Zazzara

Colin Powell, former secretary of state and at one time the highest-ranking Black person in the nation, passed away on Monday, October 18 from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 84. Despite being fully vaccinated, Powell’s fight with multiple myeloma had significantly weakened his immune system. Recognized as a prominent Black leader during the 1990s and early 2000s, Powell’s career included milestone titles, numerous awards and accolades, as well as controversy. His passing drew responses of grief from former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and many other American leaders.

Rise to the Top

Powell was born on April 5…

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New Update to National Survey of State Laws

Content News, HeinOnline Updates, National Survey of State Laws, What's New
Lauren Zazzara

National Survey of State Laws (NSSL) is a print and online resource that provides an overall view of some of the most-asked-about and controversial legal topics in the United States. The database is derived from Richard Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws print editions. Presented in an interactive chart format, NSSL allows users to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The database is updated regularly as new laws are passed or updated.

The current 8th edition, along with the 7th, 6th, and 5th editions are available in HeinOnline’s image-based, fully searchable, user-friendly database format

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Overprotected: A Timeline of Britney Spears’s Conservatorship and the #FreeBritney Movement

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library
Lauren Mattiuzzo

In February 2008, American singer, songwriter, and dancer Britney Spears entered into a conservatorship with her father, Jamie Spears. This followed a series of events including, among other things, Britney shaving her head, attacking the paparazzi, and a very public divorce. More than a decade later, she has recently made steps to regain control of her life after a judge suspended her father’s conservatorship of her $60 million estate and assigned a temporary replacement to oversee her finances. What exactly does a conservatorship entail…

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The Salem Witch Trials: Casting a Spell of Hysteria

Culture & Law, Law Journal Library, Religion & the Law, Session Laws, World Trials
Lauren Zazzara

How many times have you suspected that your neighbor was casting spells in their backyard? Or your best friend was talking to spirits? Or your own mother was possessed by the devil? In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, accusing someone of witchcraft quickly became a common occurrence. Mass hysteria and paranoia combined with a rudimentary legal system meant that anyone could be convicted of being a witch—and sentenced to death because of it.

Explore this Bewitching Subject with HeinOnline

Witchcraft has been a subject of interest, derision, fear, and speculation since before our nation was built—and lucky for you…

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Breaking News: The Law Journal Library Now Holds More Than 3,000 Journals!

Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library
Lauren Mattiuzzo

HeinOnline’s signature collection, the Law Journal Library, has officially surpassed 3,000 journals with the addition of six new journals last month! Yes, you read that right. 3,000+ journals, all dating back to the first issue ever published.

While it was initially labeled the “Law” Journal Library, for the content it originally contained, this small collection of 23 law reviews has grown into a multidisciplinary journal powerhouse spanning more than 41 million pages. It covers journals published in more than 60 different countries and encompasses more than 1,500 research topics.

But that’s not all. This database comes equipped with artificial intelligence tools…

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Mandates to Vaccinate: A Brief History

COVID-19, Current Events, Fastcase, Legal Classics, U.S. Supreme Court
Lauren Zazzara

A scabby, itchy pustule that left behind a permanent scar on the outside of the upper arm—as the main side effect of the smallpox vaccine, this scar was often used as a “vaccination passport,” proving inoculation for millions of Americans in the wake of vaccination mandates at the turn of the 20th century, when the highly contagious smallpox disease pummeled through communities. By 1980, the World Health Organization declared that this often-deadly virus which had been circulating the world for over 3,000 years had been eradicated.

Vaccination requirements aren’t new in the United States. Many infectious diseases have resulted in mandatory inoculations at the federal and state level—well before today’s health and safety measures were put into place…

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What’s New in HeinOnline: September 2021 Content Release

Content News, Content Release, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Oh my gourd, the Law Journal Library has surpassed 3,000 journals! But that’s not all we have to tell you about. You’re going to fall in love with our latest content release. We won’t leaf you hanging. Keep reading to see what HeinOnline has been up to this past month.


Updated databases: 57

New titles: 1,368

New volumes: 2,050

New pages added last month: 554,571

Total pages in HeinOnline: 196,878,296

Highlights from the Past Month

We Featured the Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S…

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New Journals Added to HeinOnline: September 2021

Content News, HeinOnline Updates, Law Journal Library, What's New
Lauren Zazzara

HeinOnline’s original database, which pioneered the Hein Company into an online setting, has officially surpassed 3,000 journals with our September content release! The Law Journal Library, which started with only 23 journals, was initially launched as a small collection of law reviews. As the database has grown over the years, we’ve added millions of pages of content relating to other disciplines. Today, the “Law” Journal Library is really a multidisciplinary collection of both academic and commercial material.

Keep reading to learn about the seven new journals as well as the nearly 200 volumes added this month. And stay turned for a dedicated post coming soon exploring the full history of the Law Journal Library…

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Banned Books Week: Protecting the Right to Read

Culture & Law, Fastcase, U.S. Supreme Court
Lauren Zazzara

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Holy Bible. Of Mice and Men. The Harry Potter series. Seemingly all books that don’t have too much in common. Except, at one time or another, people fought for them to be removed from libraries and school curriculum.

This week marks Banned Books Week, celebrated annually at the end of September to honor our freedom to read and the importance of free access to information, whether or not we personally agree with it. Banned Books Week, the theme of which this year is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us,” is sponsored by a variety of organizations…

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The History of America’s Favorite Government Agency

Exploring HeinOnline, Statutes at Large, World Constitutions Illustrated
Lauren Zazzara

Although the United States Postal Service doesn’t have an official motto or tagline, many connect this essential service with the quote engraved on the front of the James A. Farley Post Office in NYC, originally written by the Greek historian Herodotus in description of Persian Empire messengers: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Edit that quote to include “nor worldwide pandemic,” and you get the sense of the kinds of obstacles postal workers have faced during the era of COVID-19. While many of us hunkered down at home, mail carriers were on the streets six days a week…

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