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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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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Mourning the Loss of Muhammad Ali

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

On June 3, a legend passed away, leaving much of the world in mourning.

Muhammad Ali — born Cassius Clay, and known fondly as The Greatest, The Champ, The People's Champion, and The Louisville Lip — was widely regarded as one of the most celebrated and controversial sports figures of the 20th century.  This excellent biographical obituary from time.com describes his early life, his boxing career, and his larger-than-life presence in the world.

Ali fought battles both inside and out of the boxing ring. He rose to worldwide fame after winning a gold medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics, but returned home to a nation divided over civil rights and plagued by segregation and racism…

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Back to Basics: Legal Research 101

Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Code
Shannon Sabo

You've been accepted to law school, and that's no small feat. Congratulations—your hard work has paid off, rewarding you with three years that will probably prove to be more intense than anything you've endured.

Wait. That doesn't sound like a reward. It sounds difficult, and it will be—but this short post can make it a little easier. Jump ahead of your classmates this summer by learning the basics of legal research in HeinOnline. Visit the law library early and access the world's largest image-based legal research database, which is guaranteed to be a favorite tool among 2L and 3L students, faculty, and library staff. HeinOnline documents are exact replicas of original print publications, and all documents are fully searchable…

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A Brief History of Beer Laws

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, Subject Compilations of State Laws
Shannon Sabo

It's American Craft Beer Week! With locally-owned breweries popping up in cities all over the country, the small-business beer industry is booming and rejuvenating formerly abandoned industrial areas in the process. Of course, beer is (usually) alcohol, and alcohol and the law have had a rather contentious relationship throughout American history. Check out this brief timeline of events, and click the available links to access the laws in HeinOnline:

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Research Entertainment Law and the Music Industry in HeinOnline

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Intellectual Property Law Collection, Law Journal Library
Shannon Sabo

Last week, the world lost another entertainment icon, Prince. His music crossed generations and genres alike, and after news of his untimely and sudden death broke, many donned purple and blasted his familiar hits. In Minnesota, Prince's home state, fans celebrated his life with dance parties. Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was a singer and multiple-instrumentalist who was known for his flamboyant entertainment style and eclectic work.

While Prince initially helped to pioneer online distribution of music, his relationship with the internet became rather contentious. He was one of the first musicians to sell his music online, when his 1997 album Crystal Ball was released exclusively on the internet; he even won the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006…

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New Ranking Metric and Sorting Options Added to HeinOnline's Author Profiles

Author Profile Pages, Citations, Law Journal Library, What's New
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline's Author Profile Pages allow users to view an author's list of articles and ScholarCheck rankings. Metrics used to calculate an author's overall ScholarCheck ranking already included the number of times that author's articles have been cited by other articles, by articles written only in the past 10 years, and by cases, along with the number of times the articles have been accessed by other HeinOnline users within a rolling 12-month period.

Thanks to a great suggestion from Marie Hamm, the Assistant Director for Collection Development and Adjunct Professor at the Regent University School of Law, author rankings now include a new metric, which counts the number of times an author's articles have been cited by articles written only within the past 12-24 months…

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Privacy and National Security: Apple, Inc. vs. the FBI

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

This past February, a judge in California ordered Apple, Inc. to help unlock an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the perpetrators of last December's San Bernardino shootings. A phone issued by Farook's employer was recovered by law enforcement and is locked with a four-digit password. Since too many incorrect attempts to guess the password will automatically wipe all data from the phone, the FBI has asked Apple to build a "back door" to this particular iPhone.

In an open letter to the public, Apple explains that they have provided requested data to the FBI on numerous occasions, and they regularly comply with valid search warrants and subpoenas…

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Who is Merrick Garland?

Law Journal Library, News, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Supreme Court
Shannon Sabo

Last week, President Obama announced his choice for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement. The debate between Republicans and Democrats over whether Merrick Garland will even receive a hearing or vote appears to be far from over, but he is now in the public eye as a possible Supreme Court justice.

Merrick Garland is a U.S. Court of Appeals judge who, as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, supervised the prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Unabomber cases. He currently serves as the chief justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

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What's New In HeinOnline?

Enhancements, Law Journal Library, Training Guides, U.S. Federal Agency Library, What's New
Shannon Sabo

We are pleased to be in the home stretch of winter, and to announce this month's HeinOnline updates!

New This Month

We're especially excited about an update to our agreement with American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education. There will no longer be an embargo on the following titles:

Access these titles by entering the American Law Institute Library and selecting ALI-CLE Publications from the browse options:

We have also added links to available Quick Reference Guides from the breadcrumb trail for any collection having its own guide…

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