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New Database: Open Society Justice Initiative


To honor our core value of corporate citizenship, we are pleased to offer our newest database, Open Society Justice Initiative, a collection of materials free of charge to core American and international subscribers, and to the libraries of any other interested organizations or institutions. This is the fourth database added to our Social Justice Suite, a perpetually free research package that also includes Slavery in America and the World, Gun Regulation and Legislation in America, and Civil Rights and Social Justice.

About Open Society Justice Initiative

The Open Society Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations, was established in 2003 to provide expert legal support for Open Society’s broader mission and values through strategic human rights litigation and other legal work. The Justice Initiative publishes reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets exploring and advocating on issues of human rights and justice. Beyond its publications, the Justice Initiative represents individuals before domestic and international human rights tribunals. Its advocacy work targets national and regional policymakers and governments to advance human rights and the rule of law, and it supports local, national, and international efforts to expand access to justice.

Open Society Foundations were founded by George Soros and are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. Today, the Foundations fund groups and projects in more than 120 countries.

About the Database

The Open Society Justice Initiative database brings the Justice Initiative’s scholarship to HeinOnline, providing access to works published by the Justice Initiative in HeinOnline’s fully searchable, image-based format. Unique to this collection is the ability to search by Publication Type, a publication identifier assigned by the Justice Initiative to each of its publications, which organizes their works into the following types: Briefing Paper, Publication, and Report. Browse titles in HeinOnline by Publication Type or use the facet to limit search results.

This database, consisting entirely of never-before available titles to HeinOnline, will be updated yearly as new publications are released by the Justice Initiative.

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Upon arriving in the Open Society Justice Initiative collection, a brief introduction welcomes users and briefly explains the Justice Initiative’s work.

Screenshot of introduction to Open Society Initiative in HeinOnline

Within the Open Society Justice Initiative Publications tab, content in the collection is listed alphabetically by title. Use the different browse by options to change how these titles display and easily jump to the content you need with the handy A-Z anchor.

Screenshot of Browse By options within Open Society Justice Initiative Publications

About the Social Justice Suite

Free of charge to HeinOnline Core subscribers and any interested organizations*

The Social Justice Suite is a research package comprised of several crucial and timely databases intended to facilitate civil discourse. We hope that in making these materials accessible to all, we can help foster knowledge, facilitate civil discourse, and encourage action for the betterment of our nation. Learn more about the Social Justice Suite by watching the brief video below.

*If you are a HeinOnline subscriber, please note the Social Justice Suite is automatically included in your access, no further action is required.

Free MARC Records for the Social Justice Suite

Our official cataloguing partner, Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc., has made MARC Records available for these four databases at no additional charge to you.

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These robust records contain multiple access points of metadata including title, variant titles, author, editors, compilers, series notes, contents, and best of all, a one-click URL to take your users directly to the content. These are the same high-quality records utilized for all HeinOnline databases and for Cassidy print publications.

This valuable tool will be delivered in two .mrc files that are easily loaded into any ILS or discovery platform that accepts MARC records. Near the end of the year, Cassidy Cataloguing Services will offer an update file of records for newly added titles. They will also alert you if any records should be deleted for any reason.

Note: Cassidy Cataloguing will deliver MARC Records in a timely manner for any of the four databases available in the Social Justice Suite. Records for the Open Society Justice Initiative database may be requested at any time, but will not become available until September 2021.

For more information about this database or the Social Justice Suite, please contact your sales representative or marketing at marketing@wshein.com or 800-828-7571

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