The Greatest Shows on Earth: County Fairs, Carnivals, and Circuses

Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Agency Library
Stephanie Ruesch

Ah, August. Here at HeinOnline headquarters, located in Great Lake-side Erie County, NY, we’re soaking up summer before the leaves start changing and the snow starts falling (and falling, and falling, and falling…). Discerning residents of Erie County know August is the superior summer month, for every year it brings the ultimate, unbeatable, uncontested best twelve days of summer: the Erie County Fair.

But COVID-19 has postponed this venerable celebration of agriculture and fried food until 2021, and this Hein blogger is feeling wistful about all the county fairs, carnivals, and circuses that have been sidelined until a summer when we are able to cease social distancing…

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From the Courtroom to the Streets: A Timeline of the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Movements

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, Human Rights, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library, U.S. Supreme Court
Lauren Mattiuzzo

The recent arrest and death of George Floyd has sparked protesters against police brutality to flood the streets demanding change. With more than 450 protests occurring in towns and cities of the United States and across three continents, some are calling this the biggest civil rights movement yet. Join us as we explore past civil rights movements in U.S. history, and what changes have occurred as a result.

Timeline of Events

The official civil rights movement began in the late 1940s as a push to gain legal equality and the enforcement of civil rights for African Americans…

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Interested in Space Law? Let HeinOnline Take You Out of This World

Foreign & International Relations Database, Kluwer Law International Journal Library, Law Journal Library, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law Publications, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents, United Nations, World Treaty Library
Tara Kibler

At the end of May, the United States launched astronauts into space for the first time since 2011. What’s more, for the first time ever, these American astronauts launched in a spacecraft that was commercially built and operated.

The feat marks the next chapter in human spaceflight history, and gives renewed vigor to the relatively young (but already-growing) commercial spaceflight industry. But even the laws regarding world nations in space are at times unclear and hotly debated, raising the question: how will we regulate this greater involvement in outer space from private corporations?

Strap in as we launch this post into an exploration of space law. We’ll use these databases…

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I Saw A Tiger … in My Neighbor’s Backyard

Animal Law, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Culture & Law, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, Federal Register, Popular Culture, Treaties and Agreements Library, U.S. Congressional Documents
Stephanie Ruesch

In the early days of quarantine, nearly a hundred years ago, all the way back at the end of March, one thing united us all. No, not the sewing struggle to make our own masks or collective worrying over when we would ever see a roll of Charmin in the wild again. It was Tiger King. The true crime-character study-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it docuseries had more than 34 million views in the U.S. within its first 10 days on Netflix, and was an inescapable recommendation, topic of discussion, and fodder for many quality memes.

In case you somehow missed out, a brief synopsis: Tiger King chronicles the years-long feud between Oklahoma private zoo owner Joe Exotic (real name: Joseph Maldonado-Passage…

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Global Pandemics: An Exploration of Coronavirus and Past Outbreaks

American History, COVID-19, Foreign Affairs, Law Journal Library, Medicine, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Tara Kibler

In December 2019, Wuhan City in the Hubei province of China reported a group of nearly 30 pneumonia cases. In early January of this year, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the cause for many of the cases had been detected—a novel coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, a virus that causes the respiratory disease now deemed COVID-19.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, coronaviruses are a collection of viruses found in people and various animal species. Though rare, the outbreak of three known diseases—MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and COVID-19—has demonstrated that it is possible for animal coronaviruses to spread to people…

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A Step-By-Step Guide to the Trump Impeachment Proceedings

Political Science, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

This month, history was made when Donald J. Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. However, contrary to popular misunderstanding, impeachment does not necessarily mean Trump will be removed from office.

Confused about how it all works? Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to impeachment through the lens of the recent Trump inquiry.


What Is Impeachment?

Impeachment was included by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as a way to protect the young nation from corrupt and tyrannical leadership. As laid out in Article II, Section 4

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Spilling the Tea on the Party that Sparked a Revolution

American History, Foreign Affairs, Political Science, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

The Boston Tea Party was a controversial political protest which escalated the tensions between the Kingdom of England and its American colonies and ultimately culminated in the Revolutionary War. Learn about the causes and effects of the protest, as well as the key players involved—many of whom would go on to play crucial roles in the formation of the United States.

Before We Get Started

1. World Constitutions Illustrated

This library enables legal scholars to research the constitutional and political development of every country in the world. It includes the current constitution for every country in its original language format and an English translation…

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The Enron Corporation: A Tale of Corporate Fraud, Conspiracy, and Corruption

American History, Economics, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Legislative History, U.S. Presidential Library, U.S. Supreme Court
Tara Kibler

Eighteen years ago, the Enron Corporation filed for bankruptcy following one of the largest corporate scandals in American history. Among its devastating effects, Enron’s collapse left nearly 5,000 company employees without jobs, precipitated the dissolution of Arthur Andersen LLP (one of the five largest auditing and accounting companies in the world), and left a lasting impact on the financial and legal world.

Featured Databases

Don’t miss out! Make sure you have the databases featured in this post. Follow the links below to start a trial today.

1. U.S. Congressional Documents

Featuring the complete Congressional Record Bound version…

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Tip of the Week: How to Search for a Roll Call Vote

Exploring HeinOnline, Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Have you ever wondered how a specific U.S. congressperson voted on an issue? Roll call, a process where members of Congress vote when their name is called by a clerk, is recorded so their constituents know how they voted on certain measures. Join us in today’s blog as we explore how to search for a roll call vote in the U.S. Congressional Documents database.

Full-Text Searching for a Roll Call Vote

Let’s say we’re researching presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, a United States senator, and her stance on certain issues…

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War

American History, Foreign Affairs, Law Journal Library, Political Science, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library, World Treaty Library
Tara Kibler

More than 50 years ago, the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba led to a 13-day standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union. After spending 16 years in a Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 remains the closest the two superpowers ever came to an all-out nuclear conflict. Tense negotiations and risky moves on the part of the Kennedy administration neutralized the conflict, but the terror incited by the crisis still shook the globe. Regardless, the Cold War continued on until its official end in 1991—though some argue it still exists today. Explore the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis and its legacy with HeinOnline…

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