Exponential Growth of the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library

Content News, U.S. Federal Legislative History
Shannon Furtak

We are committed to increasing the value of your HeinOnline subscription by adding content to existing libraries, creating new collections, and developing new features to improve our users' legal research experiences. Thanks to partnerships with Arnold & Porter and Covington & Burling, we have dramatically increased the number of compiled federal legislative histories available in HeinOnline's U.S. Federal Legislative History Library. January 2016 marks the completion of a massive project in which hundreds of new titles were added to this library with each monthly content release.

Legislative histories are often used to research legislative intent behind one or more provisions of a public law…

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Get More from Your HeinOnline Subscription!

Exploring HeinOnline, HeinOnline, Searching, Tips and Tricks, Training
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline has a wealth of resources available to help you with searching and navigating in the database. From a help page to live, personalized training sessions, we have what you need to get started using HeinOnline and to advance your legal research skills to the next level!


Our help page is a great place to get answers to frequently asked questions, download or view training guides, and watch helpful videos about HeinOnline's interface and tools.

This page is fully searchable and incorporates our blog

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Netflix's "Making a Murderer" Is Captivating Everyone

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, Law Journal Library, Searching
Shannon Furtak

Thank goodness winter has finally arrived.

Prior to the recent arctic blast, we felt compelled to venture outdoors and actively participate in society. Now, with temperatures in the teens and cars covered in ice, there is zero shame in curling up on the couch and binge-watching Netflix's popular documentary, Making a Murderer.

Spoiler Alert

This 10-episode true crime series from filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi follows the story of Steven Avery, a man erroneously convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder in 1985. After being exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison in 2003, he was later accused and convicted of the murder of Teresa Halbach…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Extraordinary Legacy

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Shannon Furtak

Each January, we celebrate the life of a man who had a tremendous impact on race relations in the United States. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights activist and a Baptist minister. Though his life was cut far too short by an assassin's bullet in 1968, the ideals he embodied, his methods of peaceful protest, and his visions for a future without racism are still admired and discussed today.

Dr. King first entered the public spotlight after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama in December of 1955. Leaders of the NAACP met with Dr…

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HeinOnline, World Constitutions Illustrated
Kaylyn Zurawski

With the September release, 46 new documents and 14 new titles have been added to World Constitutions Illustrated; see below for details.
  • 26 documents have been added. Most of these related to the colonial history of Australia from 1787 to 1900
  • Five texts of the Constitution of 1900 have also been added, two in French
  • The Consitution was amended for the third time this year by Law No. 20/870 of 9 November 2015. We have added the text and the amending law from the Official Gazette, the amending law and the consolidated text from the Library of National Congress…

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Check out January's Featured Collection: It's Definitely Time for Another Look

ALI, Enhancements, HeinOnline, What's New
Shannon Furtak

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States which produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute consists of lawyers, judges, and law professors; it drafts, discusses, and publishes Restatements & Principles of the Law, model statutes, and more. These publications are enormously influential in courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

ALI and HeinOnline

HeinOnline's American Law Institute Library includes:

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Sexual Assault on College Campuses and the American Law Institute

ALI, Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Searching
Shannon Furtak

Sexual assault on college campuses, and consent issues in general, have been prevalent topics in the news. CNN reports that 23% of female college students experience some form of unwanted sexual contact. This contact ranges from kissing to touching to rape, and is carried out by force or threat of force, or while the victim is incapacitated due to the effects of alcohol or drugs.

This information sharply contradicts statistics reported by colleges: according to this article in Chronicle of Higher Education, nine out of 10 colleges reported no rapes at all on their campuses in 2014…

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Two New Features Now Available!

CFR, Customer Suggestion, Enhancements, Federal Register, Law Journal Library, Searching
Shannon Furtak

It’s been a busy year, but we couldn’t let December slip by without adding two new features to HeinOnline!

Code of Federal Regulations

When using the Title/Part/Section Quick Locator from the CFR collection homepage to access 2015 CFR material, additional information will display in the red box indicating where the cited section was affected in the Federal Register. For example, select 2015, Title 5, Part 531:

Clicking the link will direct users to the Federal Register section in which the CFR citation is referenced:

When applicable, search results will also display a link to where a CFR section is affected:

Clicking the link results in links to each section of the Federal Register that pertain to the CFR part and a CFR Sections Affected Locator

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