Secrets of the Serial Set: The Apartheid Era

American History, Exploring HeinOnline, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Secrets of the Serial Set, U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Tara Kibler

This month, HeinOnline continues its Secrets of the Serial Set series with a look back on the South African system of apartheid and the U.S. anti-apartheid movement.

Secrets of the Serial Set is an exciting and informative monthly blog series from HeinOnline dedicated to unveiling the wealth of American history found in the United States Congressional Serial Set. Documents from additional HeinOnline databases have been incorporated to supplement research materials for non-U.S. related events discussed.


The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is considered an essential publication for studying American history. Spanning more than two centuries with more than 17,000 bound volumes…

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Tip of the Week: How to Search within Results

Exploring HeinOnline, Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Have you ever constructed a search query in HeinOnline that generated a large number of results? Instead of starting from scratch and creating a new query, users can select the Search Within Results button to add additional terms and narrow down results. Let’s take a look at this handy feature!

Search within Results

Let’s research a current hot topic in the news. Enter the Law Journal Library, and using the Full Text tab run a search for “mail-in ballot” OR “vote-by-mail.” This query produces more than 700 results…

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4 Simple Ways to Research the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, Women and the Law, Women's Studies, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

In 1914, a constitutional amendment for women’s suffrage—nicknamed the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment,” after one of its most ardent supporters—was considered by the Senate. The proposed amendment followed more than a half-century’s fight for legal recognition of the female right to vote, decades of which were characterized by suffragist conventions, parades, and arrests across the country. After numerous rejections, the proposal was finally passed in June of 1920 and ratified as the 19th Amendment on August 18th of the same year.

Today we celebrate 100 years since that historic day, and right on the heels of the third female vice-presidential pick by a major American political party in history…

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NEW DATABASE! COVID-19 in America: Response, Issues, and Law

COVID-19, Exploring HeinOnline, HeinOnline Updates, What's New
Tara Kibler

Back in March, we wrote a blog on the new and mysterious COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. The blog was published just two days after the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and at the time of the post, only 135,000 people had been infected.

Little did we know how life as the world knew it would be upended and redefined.

A Disease Goes Global


It was soon discovered that COVID-19 could rapidly progress from mild cold and flu symptoms to severe respiratory distress requiring intubation and, at times, causing organ failure or death…

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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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Secrets of the Serial Set: The Atom Bomb

American History, Exploring HeinOnline, Foreign Affairs, Secrets of the Serial Set, U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Tara Kibler

This month, HeinOnline continues its Secrets of the Serial Set series with an overview of the Manhattan Project and the race to create the atomic bomb.

Secrets of the Serial Set is an exciting and informative monthly blog series from HeinOnline dedicated to unveiling the wealth of American history found in the United States Congressional Serial Set.


The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is considered an essential publication for studying American history. Spanning more than two centuries with more than 17,000 bound volumes, the records in this series include House and Senate documents, House and Senate reports…

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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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Tip of the Week: How to Search Case Law with Fastcase

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

While HeinOnline includes a number of sources for locating case law, including our U.S. Supreme Court Library, Canada Supreme Court Reports, English Reports, and more, our partnership with Fastcase provides Core subscribers with access to additional case law jurisdictions. Fastcase, a leading next-generation legal research service, provides access to case law from additional courts such as federal circuit courts, federal district courts, state appellate courts, and much more. Let’s explore how to search case law with Fastcase in this week’s Tip of the Week!

How to Locate a Case

The Case Law tab located in the main search bar can be used to easily pull up a case citation…

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Tip of the Week: Using Advanced Search Syntax

Exploring HeinOnline, Searching, Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks
Tara Kibler

Have you ever performed a query in HeinOnline’s main search bar and received too many related results? While Google-type searching will work in HeinOnline, using advanced searching techniques will help formulate more specific searches, refining results before they appear and minimizing the amount of time spent sifting through the results of a query.

Learn how to effectively use the main search bar in HeinOnline by utilizing the advanced search syntax and structure tips presented in this blog.

What Is a Term?

A search term is a word or phrase entered into a search engine to retrieve related results…

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Reigning Supreme: All About the Highest Court in the United States

Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase, History of Supreme Court Nominations, Law, Law Journal Library, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, U.S. Supreme Court, World Constitutions Illustrated
Lauren Mattiuzzo

The Supreme Court of the United States, otherwise known as SCOTUS, is the highest tribunal in the nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution. It marks the boundaries of authority between state and nation, state and state, and government and citizen. Although SCOTUS receives approximately 7,000-8,000 petitions each term, the justices grant and hear oral arguments for about 80 cases annually. Let’s take a closer look at SCOTUS and see what unique resources you can find in HeinOnline.

Who Makes Up SCOTUS

The Supreme Court was established by Article III of the Constitution…

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