Enhanced Discoverability of Legislative Histories in HeinOnline

Customer Suggestion, FAQ, U.S. Federal Legislative History, What's New

We recently received a request to include a listing for all public laws in the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library.

HeinOnline contains the full text for hundreds of legislative histories in several HeinOnline collections.  We previously did a blog post on searching for legislative histories and the different collections in which they may be found.

Now we have made it even easier to search for Federal Legislation, by adding listings  for public laws in other collections for which we have full text to the “Browse by: Public Law No.” and “Browse by: Popular Name” lists in the U.S. Federal Legislative History homepage.

To illustrate the enhanced capabilities of this feature, we’ll do a search for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Previously the history for the Dodd-Frank Act did not appear in the Federal Legislative History Title Collection.  Now it can be found under Public Law Number and Popular Name in the U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection.

To find the Dodd-Frank Act using the enhanced feature, access the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library.  Next click on U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collections.

Then click on either Public Law No. or Popular Name under Browse options.

The legislation is listed numerically under Public Law No. and alphabetically under Popular Name.

We’ll look for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act under Popular Name.

Click on the Popular Name link, then click on the letter D.  You may scroll through the results or press Ctrl + F and enter Dodd to search for it.

You will get the following screen showing a listing for the Dodd-Frank Act.  Note the bold faced type which shows that the Dodd-Frank Act is included in the Taxation and Economic Reform collection.



If you have a subscription to the library housing the Dodd-Frank Act, you may click on the title and you will link directly to the text of the Legislative History.  Any history that is located in another collection will have bold faced type showing which collection the history may be found in.

You can still browse and search the Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories Database for a comprehensive list of public laws, including those that are located in other collections or those for which we do not currently have full text.

For more information on Federal Legislation research, check out our help page.  You can also contact our Support Team at holsupport@wshein.com, (800) 277-6995, or via Live Chat.