Back in March 2019, we blogged about the status of the Session Laws indexing project. All 50 states in the Session Law Library are indexed to the chapter or act level from 2000 to current. We are currently expanding this indexing for all states back to inception. Since our last update, we have been diligently working and have indexed 11 more states back to inception. Let’s take a look at where this project currently stands.
Status of the Project
The following states have been indexed back to inception thus far:
15. New York (1691-2019)
16. North Carolina (1715-2018)
17. Ohio (1788-2017)
18. Oklahoma (1890-2020)
19. Pennsylvania (1700-2016)
20. Rhode Island (1636-2019)
21. South Carolina (1694-2019)
22. Tennessee (1792-2020)
23. Texas (1836-2017)
24. Vermont (1778-2019)
25. Virginia (1661-2019)
26. Washington (1854-2020)
27. West Virginia (1861-2019)
Next up to be added to this list is the state of New Hampshire. Stay tuned for more updates!
Quick Document Retrieval
We’re always implementing tools to make document retrieval a breeze in HeinOnline. With the states being indexed back to inception, users can quickly locate a chapter, act, or page using the Session Laws Quick Locator tool found on the Session Laws Library homepage, as well as each individual state’s page.
Let’s take a look at this tool in action. Navigate to Oklahoma’s homepage, one the most recently indexed states. Using the locator tool, let’s search for chapter 30 from 1916.
This tool will take users to the exact page where the chapter begins.
For more search tips and tricks for researching in the Session Laws Library, check out our dedicated LibGuide.
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