Social Security Turns 84: A History of Roosevelt’s Landmark Act

Highlights in History, Law Journal Library, Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Agency Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History, U.S. Presidential Library
Tara Hutchinson

You may have a Social Security number, but do you actually know why? On this day 84 years ago, the first act was signed to implement social security programs in the United States. Explore the origins of U.S. Social Security with HeinOnline.

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Coming for Katy Like a Dark Horse: Copyright Law in the U.S.

Current Events, Hot Topic News, Intellectual Property Law Collection, U.S. Supreme Court, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Hutchinson

World-renowned pop singer Katy Perry was recently dealt a crushing blow when a jury found that her song “Dark Horse” had copied the work of gospel rapper Marcus Gray. The infringed song, “Joyful Noise,” was said to have an identical beat to “Dark Horse” in terms of length, rhythm, and pitch.

Several points were made in defense of Perry and her co-writers:

  • Perry’s attorneys argued that “each of the purported similarities between the works are commonplace.”
  • Music experts offered two compositions with a similar melody that predate “Joyful Noise.”
  • Perry and her colleagues testified that they had never heard of the song or its creator…

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NEW DATABASE: Democracy In America Is Now Available!

Democracy in America, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo


HeinOnline is proud to partner with Alan Keely, Associate Director for Collection Services at Wake Forest Law Library, to showcase a new and exciting version of Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic work, Democracy in America, complete with more than 1,000 annotations and references. Meticulously researched by Keely, this interactive digital edition takes students and researchers back to Tocqueville’s 1831, providing full-text links to the works Tocqueville read while he traveled, researched, and wrote Democracy in America. Keely’s annotations provide insight into Tocqueville’s thinking…

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Remix to Ignition, Heading Right Back to Prison: Sex Trafficking and the Law

Current Events, Hot Topic News, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, United Nations
Tara Hutchinson

Last month, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking girls as young as 14. In the same week, singer and record producer R. Kelly was also arrested for sex trafficking, production of child pornography, child sexual exploitation, kidnapping, and forced labor. In both cases, the arrests follow several years of allegations of sexual abuse against minors. As you await the outcome of both trials, study up on the charges by learning more about sex trafficking with HeinOnline.

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HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated: August 2019 Update

Content News, What's New, World Constitutions Illustrated
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Back in April, we updated our users on the content that was released in the World Constitutions Illustrated database dating back to January 2019. Read below to find out what documents have been added to this ever-growing database.

Updates from April to Date

Since our last content news update, we have updated 21 countries and added nearly 90 new titles to the World Constitutions Illustrated database.

We will continue to post constitutional content news right here in the HeinOnline blog…

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What’s New In HeinOnline: July Content Release

Content Release, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

It has been a busy month for HeinOnline! Since our trip to Washington, D.C. for AALL, we have had a lot of news to share. We launched our LibGuides homepage, which libraries can feature on their websites as student resources. A new database, Democracy in America, is now available which showcases a new and exciting version of Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic work, Democracy in America. More Secrets of the Serial Set were released this month, but shh, don’t tell anyone! And lastly, we added two new features to Author Profile Pages!

We’ve also been busy adding new material to HeinOnline…

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Secrets of the Serial Set: The Annexation of Hawaii

Exploring HeinOnline, Secrets of the Serial Set, U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Tara Hutchinson

This month, HeinOnline continues its Secrets of the Serial Set series by diving into the controversy surrounding the annexation of Hawaii to the United States.

Secrets of the Serial Set is a new monthly blog series from HeinOnline dedicated to unveiling the wealth of American history found in the United States Congressional Serial Set. Join us each month to explore notable events in U.S. history using the primary sources themselves. Grab a seat and prepare to be blown away by what the Serial Set has to offer.


The United States Congressional Serial Set is considered an essential publication for studying American history…

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New Feature Alert! Improved Author Profiles in HeinOnline

Author Profile Pages, Enhancements, Exploring HeinOnline, What's New
Tara Hutchinson

HeinOnline’s built-in Author Profile Pages highlight the scholarly work of authors throughout its databases by compiling each author’s publications, biographical information, ScholarCheck statistics, and more in one handy-dandy place. Over the years, valuable feedback from both authors and librarians has helped HeinOnline refine its author profiles, allowing users to better understand the context of an author’s work while also helping authors better promote their publications.

Our latest additions to Author Profile Pages are now live in beta form:

(1) Subjects identified with a particular author are now displayed on many author profile pages.

(2) Explore This Author is a new interactive tool which uses metadata…

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for LibGuides!

Content News, Enhancements, Exploring HeinOnline, LibGuides, Navigating, Searching, Training, Training Guides, What's New
Tara Hutchinson

This Ice Cream Month, HeinOnline is giving users a treat of its own. Libraries worldwide are scooping up and serving LibGuides, and HeinOnline is officially joining them! LibGuides are an easy way to compile knowledge, share useful information, and organize and showcase subject-specific resources.

The creation of LibGuides is an ongoing project in HeinOnline, with the goal of adding four guides a month until a LibGuide exists for each database. Each guide will feature database-specific content, search tips, tools, features, training materials, and more. Users of all backgrounds will have easy access to database knowledge and interface functionality. Libraries will even be able to feature HeinOnline’s LibGuides on their websites as a student resource…

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AALL 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference Recap

AALL, Content News, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

From left: Steve Roses, Shannon Hein, Tim Hooge, Skyler Hein, Roxanne Marmion, Lauren Mattiuzzo, Dick Spinelli, Ben Boron, and Shane Marmion.

The Hein crew is back from Washington, D.C. and had an exceptional time visiting with our customers. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to stop by our booth and chat with us. Wonderful conversations were had and we’re grateful for the feedback we received. Let’s take a look at everything we squeezed into a short, but eventful conference!

Hein Booth Demos

The Hein demos held record breaking attendance this year—even the impromtu Q&A session with fan favorite…

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