The History of Foreign Relations of the United States

Exploring HeinOnline, Foreign Relations of the U.S.
Shannon Furtak

The United States has formal diplomatic relations with most countries, including all United Nations member states, as well as with the European Union, the Holy See, and Kosovo. Recent global actions of the United States have made headlines: the decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord, the stated refusal to certify Iran’s compliance with the Iran Nuclear Program, and escalating tensions and repeated threats of military action against North Korea, among several others.

HeinOnline contains an essential collection of documents useful for forming a detailed understanding of the history of today’s foreign policies and international relations. The Foreign Relations of the United States series…

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Wrongful Convictions and Innocence Projects

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

The Innocence Project celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month. The number of exonerations in the United States has increased each year for the past three years, and recently hit a record high. There are more than three exonerations on average per week, which is double the 2011 rate. The main causes of wrongful convictions include forensic misconduct, eyewitness misidentification, and inadequate legal defense. HeinOnline is proud to support various innocence projects around the United States.

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld…

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Research Immigration Policy in HeinOnline

Exploring HeinOnline, Immigration
Shannon Furtak

Immigration has historically been a polarizing issue, arguably never more so than in today’s political climate. The purpose of this post is to provide a quick tutorial on major aspects of immigration law, highlighting points which have received intense recent media coverage, including DACA, President Donald Trump’s travel ban, and the potential border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA is an American immigration policy allowing some individuals who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit…

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Researching Natural Disasters in HeinOnline

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Natural disasters can devastate people and businesses. In the past month, news stations have broadcasted the destructive effect that Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria have had on the southeast portion of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Congressional Service Reports provide insight on and reports discussing the laws related to natural disasters and what effect these hurricanes can have on Congress. HeinOnline contains a multitude of documents pertaining to natural disasters.

Search Across All Databases

To begin, conduct a search throughout all the databases in HeinOnline…

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Watergate Scandal Part II: Pentagon Papers

Exploring HeinOnline, Pentagon Papers, Searching, U.S. Presidential Library
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Earlier this summer we blogged about HeinOnline’s journal and government document coverage, and how it relates to researching historical events. The blog provided a brief synopsis of the Watergate Scandal and how to research this topic in multiple HeinOnline databases. Let’s now look at the link between the Watergate scandal and the Pentagon Papers, which are available in HeinOnline.

History of the Pentagon Papers

The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States-Vietnam Relations…

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Where to Find Restatements in HeinOnline

ALI, Exploring HeinOnline, Linking
Kaylyn Zurawski


The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States which produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute consists of lawyers, judges, and law professors; it drafts, discusses, and publishes Restatements & Principles of the Lawmodel statutes, and more. These publications are enormously influential in courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

HeinOnline’s American Law Institute Library contains full runs of the Institute’s Annual Reports, Proceedings, Annual Meeting Speeches, and the Institute’s newsletter…

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Set Your Cites on HeinOnline

Citations, Exploring HeinOnline, What's New
Kaylyn Zurawski

HeinOnline consistently strives to improve users’ research experiences by enhancing existing features and developing new tools.

The HeinOnline interface provides several tools related to citations. HeinOnline is easy to cite from and find citations in, and users are able to export citations to various platforms. Check out some of these cite tools below! 

Citation Tab

Easily retrieve a document by clicking the citation tab on the main search bar from any page in HeinOnline.

Citation Format Guide

To find proper abbreviations…

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Researching the Watergate Scandal: Part One

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

HeinOnline’s journal and government document coverage dates back to inception, enabling researchers to learn about key historical events from multiple perspectives. Read articles written about events as they occurred, and view exact replicas of original historical print publications; also, find current material discussing these same events with information gained through hindsight.

Research Example: The Watergate Scandal

Although the Watergate scandal happened in the early 1970s, it’s been in the news recently. Most people associate Watergate with President Richard M. Nixon’s eventual resignation, but what happened leading up to that? Here’s a brief synopsis of major events:

  • On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested after breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee…

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Five Things You Can Do in Less Than 15 Seconds in HeinOnline

Exploring HeinOnline, Functionality
Shannon Furtak

Technological advancements have helped develop an information culture centered around instant gratification. In the research world, time is often critical when it comes to billable hours and project deadlines.  The HeinOnline support team has compiled a short list of tasks which can be accomplished in less than 15 seconds in HeinOnline. This list is by no means comprehensive.


  • All tasks begin on the HeinOnline Welcome Page.
  • There are multiple ways to find material in HeinOnline; these are merely suggested methods.
  • If you happen to be a wicked-fast typist, you can probably beat our times and we encourage you to try.

1. Find a journal article by title

To find an article by title…

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The Refugee Crisis: Exploring U.S. Resettlement

Exploring HeinOnline, United Nations, World Treaty Library
Shannon Furtak

The world has faced multiple refugee crises, defined as movements of large groups of displaced people. Today, more than 60 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their home countries due to political upheaval, violence, religious persecution, and a myriad of other reasons.

Refugees: Facts and Figures

According to

  • 60-70% of refugees live in urban areas as unrecognized residents
  • 20-30% live in camps, often for many years
  • Fewer than 0.1% are permanently resettled in a developed nation, such as the United States

According to, the bulk of refugees admitted to the United States come from:

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Syria
  • Burma
  • Iraq
  • Somalia

The Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

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