Why We Still "Spring Forward"

Current Events, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Furtak

For some, the second Sunday in March means only that their clocks are right for the first time in months. Others might wonder why, in 2016, we continue to follow the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time (DST). The basic concept behind DST is energy conservation, and the idea began in Germany during World War I. Eventually, it spread to the rest of Europe and the United States. Check out this infographic, which depicts highlights of the major legislation behind DST:


This brand new CRS Report, available in HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents collection, elaborates on the various reasons for and the timeline of legislation surrounding DST…

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The Best Source for Statutory Materials and GPO Publications

CFR, Exploring HeinOnline, Federal Register, Government Documents, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Agency Library, U.S. Supreme Court
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline is a legal research powerhouse, filled with 60 unique collections, nearly 100,000 titles, and more than 130,000,000 million pages. The database is image-based and fully searchable, and it contains a tremendous depth of content. While other databases have law reviews and government documents dating back to the 1980s, HeinOnline's collections almost always date back to inception. In addition, HeinOnline often has the most current material, making it the most logical source for both historical investigation and today's legal research.

In addition to more than 2,200 law and law-related periodicals and a phenomenal collection of historical legal treatises which contains works by some of the most celebrated legal minds in history, HeinOnline is an excellent source for United States statutory material and Government Publishing Office publications…

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FRCP: Inception to Current Available in HeinOnline

Congress & the Courts, Exploring HeinOnline, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Agency Library
Shannon Furtak

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) govern civil procedure for all United States federal courts. They are published by the United States Supreme Court in accordance with the Rules Enabling Act, the act of Congress giving the judicial branch this responsibility.

This month, several amendments took effect which impact numerous aspects of civil litigation. This article written by Orrick, a leading global law firm, nicely summarizes the changes, which include: 

  • Requiring parties, in addition to courts, to construe, administer, and employ the FRCP to ensure justice in the most expedient and cost-effective manner;
  • Shortening the limit on serving a summons and complaint from 120 days to 90 days;
  • Changing discovery rules and production time frames;
  • Repealing Rule 84…

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Who Is Angela Merkel?

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Furtak

Last week, Time Magazine named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its 2015 Person of the Year. The annual Person of Year issue of Time profiles a person, group, idea, or object that "for better or for worse … has done the most to influence the events of the year."

Angela Merkel is Germany's first female Chancellor, and only the fourth woman since 1927 to receive the Person of the Year designation. What is unique about her leadership and how did she best seven other finalists, including ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Caitlyn Jenner

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Easily Find a Hearing in the U.S. Congressional Documents Library

Exploring HeinOnline, HeinOnline, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline contains nearly 39,000 Congressional hearings, with hundreds more being added each month; the hearings subcollection is rapidly approaching 10 million pages! This extensive collection includes select hearings from the 50th Congress through the 114th Congress.

Search for a Hearing

A quick topical search is easy using the Advanced Search link beneath the main search bar. Simply type in your search terms and select "Congressional Hearings" in the Document Type box:

This will produce a list of hearings that contain your search terms, which can be refined using the facets on the left side of the screen or by modifying the search:

Congressional Hearing Quick Finder

If you need a specific hearing…

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Read the Pope's Address to Congress in HeinOnline!

Exploring HeinOnline, Hot Topic News, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Furtak

On September 24, 2015, as part of a historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis visited Washington, D.C. and addressed the U.S. Congress. The Pope began his speech by encouraging the members of Congress to enable the country and grow as a nation by their legislative activity. He spoke against polarization, hatred, and violence, while advocating healing, peace, and justice. He encouraged a "culture of care":

Now is the time for courageous actions and strategies aimed at implementing a "culture of care" and "an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.

The entire speech was published in the Congressional Record Daily Edition and is available here

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Research Net Neutrality in HeinOnline!

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Federal Register, Law Journal Library, Searching, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Furtak

Net neutrality, also known as network neutrality, Internet neutrality or net equality, is the concept that Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. It means that ISPs should allow access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of net neutrality regulations which ban companies from being able to pay for faster access to web surfers in a practice called "paid prioritization." These new regulations classify ISPs as  "common carriers" or a public utility, like gas or electricity, under Title II of the Communications Act

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Searching in HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents Collection

Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents collection is a valuable resource which contains, among other titles, the full run of the Congressional Record official bound version, the Congressional Record Daily edition from 1980 to current, and a wealth of Congressional Hearings, CRS Reports, and Committee Prints. This post will cover searching using a specific citation, using the Daily to Bound Locator, finding a Congressional Hearing, and performing a general search in this collection.

Search Using a Specific Citation

Use the Citation Navigator tab to locate a document when you know the exact citation…

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January HeinOnline Enhancements

Content News, Enhancements, Printing/Downloading, U.S. Congressional Documents, What's New
Shannon Furtak

We are pleased to announce three enhancements we've made with this month's content release! We have added the ability to download PDFs from HeinOnline directly into your Dropbox Account. Case-level indexing has been added to Decisions of the Court of Session, from Its Institution until the Separation of the Court into Two Divisions in the Year 1808, Digested under Proper Heads, in the Form of a DictionaryThis title, popularly known as Morison's Dictionary, can be found in Scottish Legal History: Featuring Publications of the Stair Society. Lastly, the Congressional Record Daily to Bound Citation Locator has been added to the Citation Navigator tab in the U.S…

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Check out Congressional Committee Prints in HeinOnline!

Content News, U.S. Congressional Documents, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Congressional Committee Prints are publications issued by Congressional committees that pertain to their legislative or research activities as well as other matters – such as memorial tributes. The prints contain statistical and historical information and are an excellent resource for researchers analyzing legislative history or legislative intent. Categories of these Committee Prints include draft reports and bills, directories, statistical materials, investigative and historical reports, situational studies, confidential staff reports, hearings, and legislative analyses. Procedures for publishing these prints differ with each committee, and formatting isn't uniform. Also, these prints are not part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, as documents in the Serial Set come from the Senate and House of Representatives as a whole…

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