Voting in America

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Legislative History, World Constitutions Illustrated
Shannon Sabo

Four debates down, one election to go! Televisions, computers, and mobile devices in the United States have been taken over by the presidential election for more than a year. Back in June, this blog post encouraged readers to step away from the current political climate to study the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Take another break and check out a few key historical amendments and public laws related to voting in the United States.

Important Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated is an excellent resource for all types of constitutional research. It contains constitutions and constitutional histories of all countries of the world…

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Top 100 Journals: New Comparison

Content News, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library
Shannon Sabo

Back in July, an analysis was released on the HeinOnline blog which compared the depth of HeinOnline's journal content with five other legal research databases. Shortly after the post was published, a customer emailed to ask if a comparison was available between HeinOnline and the EBSCO Index to Legal Periodicals (H.W. Wilson). This database was not included in the original comparison, so the same process was used to compare its content with that of HeinOnline.

Washington and Lee University's Law Journal Ranking Project was used to determine the list of the top 100 law journals, according to the Ranking Project's combined score. Journal rankings on this list are determined by this ranking methodology

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Helpful Resources for Law Students

Cite-Checking, Exploring HeinOnline, Legal Education, Training Guides
Shannon Sabo

The beginning of September means that most law students are either heading back to class, or beginning their legal studies. The law school workload is undeniably intense, and HeinOnline is here to help. In addition to being the world's largest image-based government document and legal research database, HeinOnline also features fully searchable content and a wealth of tools to improve the legal research experience. It's a favorite resource among law librarians, professors, students, and other legal professionals. The following is just a snapshot of the various help materials available to all HeinOnline users.

1. HeinOnline's Help Video Series

In order to make HeinOnline even more user-friendly, a series of videos has been created highlighting major features and areas of the database…

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HeinOnline, Case Law, and Football

Case Law, Exploring HeinOnline, Fastcase
Shannon Sabo

The National Football League made the news recently when a former player sued the league for $5 million after the player was preliminarily diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is caused by repeated head trauma. This lawsuit follows a 2015 class-action lawsuit settlement between the NFL and former players which provides up to $5 million per retired player for medical conditions caused by repeated head trauma.

HeinOnline's partnership with Fastcase provides access to state and federal case law to all HeinOnline Core subscribers free of charge. Users can obtain the full text of case law from all federal district and circuit courts, bankruptcy courts, and state courts for all 50 states…

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HeinOnline Help Video Series

Exploring HeinOnline, Navigating, Searching, Training, What's New
Shannon Sabo

Although librarians are information superheroes, it's impossible to help everyone or be everywhere at the same time. In order to assist with the mission to spread knowledge, the HeinOnline support team has created several short videos to help all types of users with searching and navigating in the world's largest image-based legal research database. Below is a snapshot of some of the more recent help videos available.

1. What Is HeinOnline?

For new law students or associates who may not have had the opportunity to use HeinOnline before, this video explains the basics of what HeinOnline contains and how to use the database.

2. HeinOnline Welcome Page

Learn the different features and functions of the Welcome Page

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Trump vs. Clinton

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Documents, Women and the Law
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline is a politically neutral, image-based, fully searchable legal and government document research database. It happens to be the largest such database, with more than 136 million pages, more than 120,000 titles, nearly 2,300 scholarly journals from inception to current which contain nearly 2 million articles and sections, comprehensive coverage of United States statutory documents, all United States treaties and an entire database of international treaties, all of the world's constitutions, a collection of more than 7,400 classic legal treatises, nearly 50,000 Congressional hearings, and more. All of this self-promotional information can be backed up with actual facts and tangible lists, found here. Due to the aforementioned political neutrality, the content of this post will not be inflammatory and is therefore suitable for work (SFW) and social gatherings…

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Research Gun Control and the Second Amendment

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Legislative History, World Constitutions Illustrated
Shannon Sabo

It's nearly impossible to turn on the news in the United States without learning of a new mass shooting or other deadly incident involving guns. After each incident, the debate over gun control is reignited, with one side calling for stricter regulation of gun sales and ownership and the other side arguing that any type of such restrictions violate the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Regardless of your position on this controversial issue, start your research in HeinOnline. The entire text of the current United States Constitution is available in the World Constitutions Illustrated library, which also contains constitutions and constitutional histories for all countries of the world…

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Top 100 Journals Comparison Across Multiple Legal Research Databases

Content News, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library
Shannon Sabo

One of the most commonly asked questions addressed to the HeinOnline support team is "What does HeinOnline have compared to other legal research databases?" Until recently, no known sources contained information about what each database has in terms of depth of content and coverage. Thus, this analysis was performed on database content for the top 100 law journals for six major legal research databases: HeinOnline, Westlaw*, LexisNexis Academic, JSTOR, Gale LegalTrac, and EBSCO Legal Collection. The results of the study are discussed in detail below.

Methodology

Washington and Lee University's Law Journal Ranking Project was used to determine the list of the top 100 law journals, according to the Ranking Project's combined score. Journal rankings on this list are determined by this ranking methodology

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Step Back in Time with Us

Exploring HeinOnline, Legal Classics
Shannon Sabo

The Hein Company once brought a DeLorean to an AALL conference, as a metaphor demonstrating that HeinOnline makes it possible to go back in time by preserving pieces of legal history for our users and for future generations.

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By digitizing images of books, periodicals, statutory materials, and more, HeinOnline makes it possible to access material online exactly as it existed in its print format. Original fonts, charts, and notations are included for each title, and all documents are fully searchable. Having HeinOnline is like having an entire print library at your fingertips.

One publication type that has recently gone extinct is the printed encyclopedia. The Wall Street Journal recently published this article

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Voting Rights Act of 1965

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Legislative History
Shannon Sabo

There is nothing quite like an election year to make social gatherings heated and uncomfortable. Political opinions are often deeply rooted and are nearly always unchangeable. Avoid the next big blowout, along with any mention of Clinton or Trump, and instead discuss an important historical aspect of the federal election process: the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Fifteenth Constitutional Amendment prohibited the denial of the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Despite this, between 1868 and the 1950s, southern states took measures to suppress the African-American vote by passing legislation to create voter restrictions, including literacy tests, poll taxes, and property ownership requirements…

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