New Volume and Online Update: Subject Compilations of State Laws

HeinOnline Updates, Subject Compilations of State Laws, What's New
Tara Kibler

About the Database

HeinOnline now offers the 2017-2018 volume of Subject Compilations of State Laws in both print and online formats! This database, updated regularly, has revolutionized historical state subject searching, and the 2017-2018 volume now adds nearly 1,100 entries under 310 main subject headings. Researchers now have instantaneous access to more than 27,000 bibliographic records, many with extensive annotations. There is no longer a need to browse the twenty-plus print volumes in the series.

Most importantly, where possible, the annotations link directly to articles and other documents residing in HeinOnline. In all, more than 14,000 records link to HeinOnline periodicals, while the majority of other records link to case law or external websites. Additionally, users will find a subcollection within the database called “Other Related Works” which contains more than 680 full-text documents. Database users also enjoy access to the current and prior print volumes in this series.

Another title in this collection is the State Law Index: An Index and Digest to the Legislation of the States of the United States Enacted During the Biennium, volumes 1-12 (1925-1948). This index, published biennially by the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress, is a valuable source for identifying session laws by subject which were enacted by the various states during the years involved.

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Subject Compilations of State Laws Series

Cheryl Nyberg’s Subject Compilations of State Laws has long been recognized as the most comprehensive source for identifying thousands of articles, books, government documents, loose-leaf services, court opinions, and Internet sites that compare state laws on hundreds of subjects. The first volume, 1960-1979, compiled by Lynn Foster and Carol Boast, won the AALL Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award in 1982 and the 2009 AALL Best New Product Award. The series has previously been chosen for Best Legal Reference Books and has been called “unique,” “priceless,” and “irreplaceable.”

Using the Subject Compilations of State Laws

The Subject Compilations of State Laws database can be browsed or searched. Select the database from the HeinOnline welcome page, and browse the subjects or a full print run. Hundreds of subject headings include:

  • AIDS
  • Biotechnology
  • Child Support
  • Climate Change
  • Fair Housing
  • Gender
  • Homelessness
  • Immigration
  • Marriage
  • Nudity
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Robots

Click on any subject to reveal all relevant bibliographic records in the database. Let’s click on the topic of “Nudity,” because why not?

The bibliographic records provide information about each title, related subjects, and links to content when available in HeinOnline or on the web. The records even link to the specific pages within each article where the state law survey is found.

This article from our results can be found right in HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library.

Many online sources have been archived at and the Perma URL for these sources appears in the record.

This database is also fully searchable using metadata fields such as keywords, subject, article title, and more. Use the optional checkbox to display only results available in HeinOnline periodicals.

Use the brand new Venn Diagram Search option available to visualize the results of a multi-term search within the Subject Compilations of State Laws database. Simply enter your search separated by the Boolean operator “AND”.

Browse the Other Related Works subcollection for monographs and sets of material related to state legislation, such as Adoption Laws in the United States: A Summary of the Development of Adoption Legislation and Significant Features of Adoption Statutes, with the Text of Selected Laws by Emelyn Foster Peck.

This subcollection also features PDF images of court briefs, federal and state government publications, and a section of external links to 50-state surveys and other related sites.

Subject Compilations of State Laws: An Annotated Bibliography, 2017-2018 Volume

Item #: 13082

ISBN: 978-0-8377-4105-5

Pages: xlv. 339p.

Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2019

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