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Subject Compilations of State Laws Update

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For more than four decades, the two-time award-winning resource Subject Compilations of State Laws has been relied upon by hundreds of institutions to revolutionize state law research. During that time, Cheryl Nyberg was the guiding force as the editor of this award-winning product. She recently passed the editorial torch to Meg Butler, law librarian at Georgia State University College of Law, who has since added nearly 400 new bibliographic entries as well as two new subjects. Keep reading to learn more about this product and its recent updates!

About Subject Compilations of State Laws

The Subject Compilations of State Laws database has revolutionized historical state subject searching as the most comprehensive source for identifying thousands of articles, books, government documents, looseleaf services, court opinions, and Internet sites that compare state laws across 3,500+ subjects. It offers users quick access to over 28,000 bibliographic records, many with extensive annotations. Notably, the annotations conveniently link to more than 14,000 articles and documents in HeinOnline, while others connect to case law or external websites. Additionally, users can access current and past volumes in the series and other related works linking to 800+ full-text documents within HeinOnline.

Furthermore, the database grants access to 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), published biennially by the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress. This index aids in identifying session laws by subject enacted by states during the specified years, offering valuable research opportunities.

AN ESSENTIAL RESOURCE FOR NAVIGATING STATE LAW

  • More than 28,000 bibliographic entries spanning 3,500+ state subjects
  • More than 14,000 records linking directly to HeinOnline articles
  • Updated bi-annually in June and December
  • Winner of the 1982 AALL Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award
  • Winner of the 2009 AALL Best New Product Award

Timely Subjects Include:

  • Abortion
  • Artificial Intelligence – New
  • Firearms
  • Gender
  • Hate Crimes
  • Immigration
  • Marijuana
  • Net Neutrality
  • Public Health
  • Transgender Persons – New
  • Vaccinations
  • And much more!

Recently Added Notable Entries

The editor has noted the following bibliographic entries of interest:

  • 121427: Safe School Laws
  • 121600: Health Information Privacy and Breach: A 50 State Survey
  • 121335: Abortion Rights under State Constitutions: A Fifty-State Survey
  • 121278: Variations in Voter Identification Laws
  • 121505: Judicial Training on Domestic Violence: A 50-State Survey
  • 121391: ‘Deep Fake’ or Synthetic Media Laws
  • 14093: Status Map: Right to Counsel – Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults – Protected Person
  • 121261: Environmental Insurance Litigation: A State By State Case Law Survey.
  • 17047: Private Prosecution in America
  • And thousands more!

Database Features

Article Linking
Over 14,000 entries provide direct links to HeinOnline titles, specific pages featuring surveys, and publishers’ websites.

screenshot of example of article linking in Subject Compilations of State Laws

Links to Previous Entries
Some entries feature internal links within the database, aiding in tracking legal changes. For example, entry number 121375 has links to two earlier years referencing the same survey.

screenshot of example of link to previous entry in Subject Compilations of State Laws

OCLC Linking
OCLC numbers directly link to WorldCat records whenever the OCLC number is available in the record.

screenshot of example of OCLC linking in Subject Compilations of State Laws

Open URL Linking
Branding enables linking to your library’s catalog for articles unavailable or embargoed in HeinOnline, via ISSN and/or OpenURL link resolvers.

screenshot of example of open URL linking in Subject Compilations of State Laws

About the New Editor


Margaret (Meg) Butler is Law Librarian Professor and Associate Director for Public Services at Georgia State University College of Law Library. She teaches both introductory and specialized legal research courses. An active member in the American Association of Law Libraries, her publications include annotated bibliographies on a variety of subjects. She has also worked in legal publishing for over 20 years. 

headshot of Margaret (Meg) Butler

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