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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Bitcoin Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Although bitcoin was invented in 2009 and picked up speed in 2015, its biggest growth spurt occurred in 2017, and its popularity continues to rise. Recently, bitcoin prices have dipped due to a warning from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. However, the prices have gradually increased again. So what exactly is bitcoin and how is it used?

The Ins and Outs of Bitcoin

In 2009, an unknown person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created bitcoin, a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. Cryptocurrencies are considered digital currencies. No central authority or government oversees this computer network…

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Anti-Vaccination Movement and the Flu

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

It is officially flu season. The dominant strain this season is the H3N2 strain, known to cause more hospitalizations and deaths than other strains. Although the flu shot’s effectiveness cannot yet be calculated, experts are expecting it to be about 30% effective. The severity of this year’s flu has contributed to the ongoing vaccination debate.

Facts about the Flu

Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every state in the U.S…

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Session Laws Indexing Project Update and New Feature Announcement

Enhancements, Session Laws, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Back in April 2017 we blogged about the Session Laws indexing project and announced that all 50 states were indexed to the chapter or act level from 2000 to current. In August 2017, we released an update to the project, reporting that two states were indexed back to inception. We have been diligently indexing our way through the states and we have some news to share!

Overview of the Project

The following states have been indexed back to inception thus far:

  1. California (1849-2016)
  2. New York (1691-2016)
  3. Maryland (1692-2017)
  4. Florida (1822-2017)
  5. Illinois (1809-2015)
  6. Ohio (1788-2016)

Next up is the state of Georgia…

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2017 Year in Review

2017, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

2017 turned out to be a roller coaster of a year. Here are just some of the things that happened this past year:

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Now We Got Bad Blood: Taylor Swift & Copyright Law

Intellectual Property Law Collection, Navigating
Kaylyn Zurawski

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Haters Gonna Hate

Recently, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has had to shake off claims that she stole her lyrics for her famous 2014 hit single “Shake It Off.” Call it what you want, but Swift has caused some bad blood in the industry, and this isn’t the only time she has been accused of stealing lyrics; it’s an accusation she knows all too well.

In 2015, musician Jessie Braham claimed lyrics from “Shake It Off” were stolen from his song “Haters Gone Hate.” The case was dismissed on the grounds that the complaint didn’t rise above the speculative level. In September of 2017…

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HeinOnline Plays Well with Others!

Content News, Enhancements
Lauren Mattiuzzo

We have partnered with several different vendors in 2017 to enhance HeinOnline content and better serve our customers. Not only have we expanded our content, but we have added helpful resources for our users. This blog highlights the relationships we’ve created and how they have improved HeinOnline.

HeinOnline’s Vendor Partners

1. Quimbee

Quimbee is a company determined to further the success of law students nationwide by providing study aids such as case briefs, guides to writing exams, outlines for popular law school courses, and videos…

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Profile of Judge Jon O. Newman

Law & Society
Shannon Sabo

“If Jon Newman were a sports figure, he would be the perennial winner of the most valuable player award for his contributions to the administration of justice.”
-Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the Second Circuit

Judge Jon O. Newman is the author of Hein’s top-selling book of 2017, Benched, but he’s also a well-known and prolific figure in the judicial community. So much so, in fact, that Benched has a foreword by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and it was recently reviewed by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in the prestigious New York Review of Books:

“…in his autobiography…

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New Partnership Brings Standard Federal Tax Reporter to HeinOnline!

Content News, Standard Federal Tax Reporter, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Wolters Kluwer to enhance access to the Standard Federal Tax Reporter! This publication’s archives are now available as its own database in HeinOnline and provided free of charge to academic subscribers of Taxation & Economic Reform in America Parts I & II! This well-organized title makes researching federal income tax laws and regulations quick and easy. Customers of both Wolters Kluwer and Hein are sure to appreciate the value this partnership provides.

About the Standard Federal Tax Reporter

The Standard Federal Tax Reporter contains a comprehensive collection of federal income tax information…

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The 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Compendium

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court
Kaylyn Zurawski

  • Everything your institution needs to prepare for the world’s largest international moot court competition
  • Database includes official records of all Jessup competitions from 1960-date
  • Content includes problems, judges’ memoranda, official rules, competing schools, and competition rules
  • Winning teams subscribe – this is a must-have resource!

About the Jessup Competition

For more than 50 years, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition has provided foreign and domestic law schools with the unique opportunity to argue complex and timely questions of international law…

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