Enhanced Metadata to Improve Search and Discovery in the Federal Register Library!

Enhancements, Federal Register, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

We have been continuing to enhance searching in HeinOnline by adding natural language processing and machine learning tools to different databases. We’ve already updated the tool several times, and we blogged about these updates in September and November of last year. Entities are available within document metadata fields and search facets. They include location, person, and organization, which can assist with search and discovery. We are happy to announce that entities are now available in the Federal Register Library!

Entities and Searching

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Linking to the GPO's High Resolution Color PDFs of the Federal Register Is Now Available!

Content News, Federal Register, Government Documents
Benjamin Boron


The Federal Register is a primary source for United States federal government agencies’ proposed rules, final rules, changes to existing rules and notices, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. The Federal Register is the official journal of record for the acts of the U.S. Government. It's updated daily and printed Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This publication is divided into four categories: 

  • Presidential documents, executive orders, and proclamations
  • Rules and Regulations (policy statements and interpretations of rules by federal agencies)
  • Proposed Rules (petitions by agencies for assistance in rulemaking and other proposals)
  • Notices (scheduled hearings and meetings open to the public…

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Researching Executive Power in HeinOnline

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


Since President Donald Trump took office on January 20, he has issued several executive orders. To understand the importance and potential consequences of these actions, let's review legal scholarship on the topic in HeinOnline.

NOTE: HeinOnline's content is composed of image-based PDFs, which are exact replicas of original print documents, so authenticity is never a question. Also, we promise that none of the content will spontaneously vanish from the site.

A search for title: "executive order" OR title: "executive power" OR title: "presidential power" produces nearly 600 results in the Law Journal Library. Sort results by Number of Times Cited by Articles to view the most cited material first:


The most-cited article from among these results is by Michael Stokes Paulsen

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Mandatory Overtime Pay

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Exploring HeinOnline, FAQ, Federal Register, Government Documents, Hein Blog, Navigating, ScholarCheck, Searching, U.S. Federal Legislative History
Bonnie Hein

On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III issued a preliminary injunction denying the U.S. Department of Labor's new regulation to extend mandatory overtime pay. Under the  regulation, workers who earn less than $47,476 per year and work more than 40 hours per week would have received mandatory overtime pay beginning December 1, 2016.

The Department of Labor's new guidelines applied to an estimated 4.2 million workers and would have doubled the maximum salary workers were allowed to earn and still be eligible for overtime pay, previously updated in 2004.

In anticipation of the December 1st deadline, many businesses have already increased salaries for employees who fall into this category in order to avoid paying the mandatory overtime…

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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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Two New Features Now Available!

CFR, Customer Suggestion, Enhancements, Federal Register, Law Journal Library, Searching
Shannon Furtak

It’s been a busy year, but we couldn’t let December slip by without adding two new features to HeinOnline!

Code of Federal Regulations

When using the Title/Part/Section Quick Locator from the CFR collection homepage to access 2015 CFR material, additional information will display in the red box indicating where the cited section was affected in the Federal Register. For example, select 2015, Title 5, Part 531:

Clicking the link will direct users to the Federal Register section in which the CFR citation is referenced:

When applicable, search results will also display a link to where a CFR section is affected:

Clicking the link results in links to each section of the Federal Register that pertain to the CFR part and a CFR Sections Affected Locator

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In-Depth Indexing Added to the Federal Register!

Enhancements, Federal Register, Functionality
Shannon Furtak

We are pleased to announce that HeinOnline has indexed the Federal Register to the section level with this month's content release! Section types include proposed rules, rules and regulations, and notices.

Material from 1995 to date, as well as all future Federal Registers added to HeinOnline, will have this enhanced indexing which will drastically improve both browsability and search result accuracy. The indexing added more than 675,000 tags for this 20-year period; metadata fields added include agency, action type, title, FR DOC number, and more.

For example, if you are searching for FR DOC # 2014-00322, and you know that this appears in Federal Register volume 79 number 8, you can quickly navigate to this issue and view the table of contents…

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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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75th Anniversary of the Code of Federal Regulations

CFR, Federal Register
Miranda Rosati

June 2013 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  HeinOnline’s coverage of the CFR begins from the CFR’s inception in 1938, and is the only source for complete coverage of the CFR in an image-based format. 

The CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations (sometimes called administrative law) published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government of the United States. The CFR is a multivolume set divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. 

Click here to view the CFR in HeinOnline (must have a subscription to HeinOnline), or click here to purchase a short-term subscription…

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Tip of the Week: Identify Legislation Leading to a Final Rule and Save Your Research Using MyHein

CFR, Federal Register, Statutes at Large, Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Code

This week’s tip is going to build off of our last tip of the week, How to Find Preambles in the Federal Register.  This week however, we are going to identify the other key pieces of legislation involved in this rulemaking  including the public law, CFR and US code codifications, the proposed rule and comments on the proposal, and along the way, we are going to use a MyHein account to save all of our research that led to this final rulemaking.

Watch the Tip of the Week on YouTube, or continue reading below the video for the full-text version.

So, first and foremost, we want to pull up our final rule which we know from our first tip in this series is found at 71 FR 33172. …

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