Marijuana Legalization

Current Events, Government Documents, National Survey of State Laws, Navigating
Bonnie Hein

This past November, the controversial topic of the legalization of Marijuana was on the ballot in nine states. Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota voters decided on medical marijuana initiatives, while voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada decided on recreational marijuana.

Adults 21 years and older in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada can now consume marijuana for recreational purposes.  Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota have all approved marijuana for medical use. Overall, cannabis usage was approved in 8 out of the 9 states in which it was up for a vote, with only Arizona rejecting the recreational usage.

Find more in HeinOnline’s National Survey of State Laws

The recently released Winter 2017 update of the National Survey of State Laws database includes several important updates…

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Tilikum, Circus Elephants, and Animal Rights

Animal Law, Current Events, Hein Blog, National Survey of State Laws, Navigating, Searching, Subject Compilations of State Laws, Tips and Tricks
Bonnie Hein

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Tilikum was a 22 feet long, more than 11,000 pound killer whale and possibly the most famous orca in the world. Earlier this month, he died of serious health issues at an estimated 36 years of age. He was captured near his birthplace of Iceland and performed in captivity for decades, becoming notorious for aggressive behavior, including the death of three people. Tilikum was profiled in the documentary Blackfish, which helped to influence popular opinion on killer whales in captivity and on SeaWorld in particular. 

Similarly, the "Greatest Show on Earth," another long-time attraction, has received increasingly negative public sentiment regarding captive wild animals forced to perform as entertainment…

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NEW: HeinOnline Help Video Series Now Available!

Exploring HeinOnline, Navigating, Quimbee, Searching, Training, U.S. Congressional Documents, What's New
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline is excited to announce a new help video series, created by the masterminds at Quimbee, which is now available on the HeinOnline YouTube channel!

About the HeinOnline Video Series

Several months ago, Quimbee approached the Hein Company with the idea to create a course for attorneys and students on the use of HeinOnline. After some initial collaboration, Quimbee took the information provided by HeinOnline’s support team and help page and ran with it, creating this incredible series of training videos. They have generously granted permission to feature this series on HeinOnline’s YouTube channel…

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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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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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Research African-Americans' Contributions to Legal History

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Navigating, Searching
Shannon Sabo

In September of 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson helped found the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The Association had the initial goal of bringing the historical contributions of African-Americans to national attention at a time when these contributions were largely overlooked; today, the organization's mission is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.

In 1926, ASALH declared the second week of each February to be "Negro History Week." This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass…

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Intellectual Property Law Collection

Exploring HeinOnline, Intellectual Property Law Collection, Navigating, Searching, Special Promotions
Shannon Sabo

What does the late music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member David Bowie have to do with the concept of intellectual property? Back in the late 1990s, David Bowie's recording and distribution deal was about to expire, and his business manager was looking for new finance options to help buy out Bowie's former business manager and to raise a significant amount of money before Bowie returned to live in the United Kingdom.  During a meeting between Bowie, his manager, and investment banker David Pullman, the concept of Bowie Bonds was realized. Bowie was able to sell $55 million in bonds backed by future music royalty payments and copyrights…

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Getting Started with HeinOnline: New Quick Reference Guide Available

Navigating, Searching, What's New
Shannon Sabo

Last week, HeinOnline released its updated interface! So far, feedback has been mostly positive; however, we realize that with any change, there is an adjustment period.

In order to make this transition as easy as possible for our users, we have created a Getting Started in HeinOnline Quick Reference Guide to help users adjust to the changes we've made.

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Enhancements to the interface include a stationary search bar which is available on all pages in HeinOnline:

The interface is now responsive, and therefore extremely mobile friendly! Search options have been reordered based on usage…

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New Video Available: Citations on a Page

Navigating, Tips and Tricks, Training, What's New
Shannon Sabo

Using HeinOnline's ScholarCheck tool is like having an assistant helping with your legal research!  In the past year, we've made several enhancements to ScholarCheck. Check out how we've integrated the features of ScholarCheck into case law powered by Fastcase here. We've also added the ability to view the number of times an article has been viewed by other HeinOnline users in a rolling 12-month period, which we discuss in detail here. Check out this post about how we've added the ScholarCheck "cited by articles" analysis to Index to Foreign Legal PeriodicalsUsers can now view the cumulative number of times an author's articles have been cited by other articles next to the author's name in search results…

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CRS Reports Enhanced and Added to the U.S. Congressional Documents Collection

Functionality, Navigating, U.S. Congressional Documents, What's New
Shannon Sabo

Back in early March, we blogged about the availability of CRS Reports in HeinOnline.  We have enhanced their discoverability by creating subcollections for CRS Reports in both the Taxation & Economic Reform in America Parts I & II and the History of Bankruptcy: Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III libraries.

These subject-specific CRS Reports can be accessed from the Welcome Screen by expanding each collection to reveal subcollections:

Or by entering a collection and choosing CRS Reports from the Browse Options:

Additionally,  we have now brought ALL of these CRS Reports together into one collection and added them to our U.S…

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