New Ranking Metric and Sorting Options Added to HeinOnline’s Author Profiles

Author Profile Pages, Citations, Customer Suggestion, Law Journal Library, What's New
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline’s Author Profile Pages allow users to view an author’s list of articles and ScholarCheck rankings. Metrics used to calculate an author’s overall ScholarCheck ranking already included the number of times that author’s articles have been cited by other articles, by articles written only in the past 10 years, and by cases, along with the number of times the articles have been accessed by other HeinOnline users within a rolling 12-month period.

Thanks to a great suggestion from Marie Hamm, the Assistant Director for Collection Development and Adjunct Professor at the Regent University School of Law, author rankings now include a new metric, which counts the number of times an author’s articles have been cited by articles written only within the past 12-24 months…

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Privacy and National Security: Apple, Inc. vs. the FBI

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code
Shannon Furtak

This past February, a judge in California ordered Apple, Inc. to help unlock an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the perpetrators of last December's San Bernardino shootings. A phone issued by Farook's employer was recovered by law enforcement and is locked with a four-digit password. Since too many incorrect attempts to guess the password will automatically wipe all data from the phone, the FBI has asked Apple to build a "back door" to this particular iPhone.

In an open letter to the public, Apple explains that they have provided requested data to the FBI on numerous occasions, and they regularly comply with valid search warrants and subpoenas…

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Who is Merrick Garland?

Law Journal Library, News, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Supreme Court
Shannon Furtak

Last week, President Obama announced his choice for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement. The debate between Republicans and Democrats over whether Merrick Garland will even receive a hearing or vote appears to be far from over, but he is now in the public eye as a possible Supreme Court justice.

Merrick Garland is a U.S. Court of Appeals judge who, as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, supervised the prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Unabomber cases. He currently serves as the chief justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

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National Survey of State Laws, Part I

National Survey of State Laws
Richard Leiter

Who doesn’t want to be an author? I always loved to write and jumped at any opportunity to do so. In fact, I came this close to graduating with an undergraduate degree in creative writing. After reality set in and I got my first academic law library job at the University of Texas’s famed Tarlton Law Library, my mentor and eventual friend, Professor Roy Mersky, recommended, among many other things, that I pursue writing book reviews for American Reference Books Annual (ARBA). He had been an ARBA contributor for many years. One of Roy’s reasons for writing for ARBA was that he got to keep the books! Frankly, he often had young staff members write his reviews for him.

ARBA relied on word of mouth for recruiting authors…

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Why We Still "Spring Forward"

Current Events, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Furtak

For some, the second Sunday in March means only that their clocks are right for the first time in months. Others might wonder why, in 2016, we continue to follow the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time (DST). The basic concept behind DST is energy conservation, and the idea began in Germany during World War I. Eventually, it spread to the rest of Europe and the United States. Check out this infographic, which depicts highlights of the major legislation behind DST:

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This brand new CRS Report, available in HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents collection, elaborates on the various reasons for and the timeline of legislation surrounding DST…

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Take Another Look at Women and the Law in HeinOnline

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Women and the Law
Shannon Furtak

On February 29, President Obama issued this proclamation, which declared March 2016 to be Women's History Month and discussed the legacies of both prominent female trailblazers and women who are not included in history books. The proclamation addressed the progress that's been made, but acknowledged that work still remains to be done.

Women's History Month took root in 1909, when the first Women's Day occurred in New York City. It was organized by the Socialist Party and honored the anniversary of a garment workers' strike in which thousands of women marched for economic rights. Later, the National Women's History Project (NWHP) was founded in California after a group of women noticed that women were absent from history texts…

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How a City’s Drinking Water Became Toxic, and What’s Next

Current Events, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Legislative History
Shannon Furtak

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has dominated national news since the story of contaminated water poisoning families, especially children, broke earlier this year when multiple states of emergency were declared. Adding fuel to the outrage is the fact that 57% of Flint’s residents are black, and nearly half of residents live beneath the poverty line.

In April of 2014, the state of Michigan decided to save money by changing Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. This occurred during a financial state of emergency for Flint, and was supposed to be a temporary solution while a new state-run water supply line to Lake Huron was made ready for connection…

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Books are Still Incredibly Relevant

Law Librarianship, News
Shannon Furtak

The internet is fantastic. You can figure out who sang that one-hit wonder you can't get out of your head, quickly determine the exact wording of Scrabble rules, and access millions of pages of law review articles with a swipe of your thumb.

There is still magic, however, in opening a book. Whether the book is brand new, old and musty, or somewhere in between, there is something exhilarating about opening and smelling its pages and discovering the wealth of information they contain. In addition to creating HeinOnline, William S. Hein & Co., Inc. publishes (and loves!) printed books.

One such title, Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights edited by Michelle Wu

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Immigration Law and Policy in the U.S.

Exploring HeinOnline, Immigration, Special Promotions
Shannon Furtak

Immigration has been a hot-button topic at nearly every Republican and Democratic debate. The candidates can't seem to agree on the best way to handle the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and the continuous border crossing attempts made by others, many of whom are children trying to escape drug and gang violence. Those in favor of immigration reform argue that undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States since childhood deserve a path to citizenship, and believe many are an integral part of the workforce, especially in the agricultural industry. Opponents argue that Americans are put at risk because of weak borders and economic competition from immigrants, and that undocumented immigrants cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year…

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