The Best Source for Statutory Materials and GPO Publications

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HeinOnline is a legal research powerhouse, filled with 60 unique collections, nearly 100,000 titles, and more than 130,000,000 million pages. The database is image-based and fully searchable, and it contains a tremendous depth of content. While other databases have law reviews and government documents dating back to the 1980s, HeinOnline's collections almost always date back to inception. In addition, HeinOnline often has the most current material, making it the most logical source for both historical investigation and today's legal research.

In addition to more than 2,200 law and law-related periodicals and a phenomenal collection of historical legal treatises which contains works by some of the most celebrated legal minds in history, HeinOnline is an excellent source for United States statutory material and Government Publishing Office publications. It contains the full run of:

  • Code of Federal Regulations: This is the codified version of the general and permanent rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government. The CFR is organized into 50 titles which represent various subject areas.
  • Congressional Record (updated daily): This is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. At the end of a session of Congress, the daily editions are compiled into an official bound version.
  • Federal Register (updated daily): The Federal Register is the official journal of the U.S. federal government. It contains agency rules, proposed rules, and public notices.
  • U.S. Code: The United States Code is the codified version of the general and permanent federal statutes of the United States. Like the Code of Federal Regulations, it organizes the Acts of Congress initially published in the U.S. Statutes at Large into subject-specific titles. A new edition of the U.S. Code is published every six years, and supplemented annually between new editions.
  • U.S. Statutes at Large: These compose the official record of the Acts and concurrent resolutions passed by the United States Congress. They are also referred to as Session Laws and are codified in the United States Code.
  • U.S. Reports: These contain the official record of the rules, orders, case tables, decisions, and other proceedings by the Supreme Court of the United States.

HeinOnline also has several collections devoted to United States government materials. The U.S. Federal Legislative History Library contains nearly 2,400 compiled legislative histories, which offer detailed information on the legislative intent behind major public laws. The U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals collection includes reports, decisions, and records of some of the most important federal agencies, including the FCC, the NLRB, and the SEC. This collection also contains more than 65 of the Government Publishing Office's best-selling legal titles.

In addition to the scope of content, HeinOnline features several tools to improve your legal research experiences. For example, if you find something in the Congressional Record Daily Edition and you'd like to cite to the official bound version, use the daily to bound locator in the U.S. Congressional Documents collection. Enter the collection, click the Citation tab, and choose the Citation Navigator link. Enter the citation into the Daily to Bound Locator:

You'll receive results listing both the daily and bound citations. These are links, so you can quickly access either citation:

Enter a word or phrase into the Terms to Compare box to see where your desired text is located in each document. In the example above, enter communications:

In the Code of Federal Regulations library, use the Title/Part/Section Quick Locator or the Citation Locator to retrieve CFR documents by citation:

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