U.S. News Law School Scholarly Impact: An Update from HeinOnline

Author Profile Pages, Current Events, ScholarCheck, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

This past February, U.S. News announced that they were considering evaluating U.S. law school scholarly impact and would be using HeinOnline as the source for the citation data.

Since this announcement, we have received many questions and concerns from the library community, so we would like to take this opportunity to provide some background information and an update on our involvement with this project.

Last summer we were approached by a group of law school deans and professors who asked if we would consider collaborating with U.S. News in regards to scholarly impact analysis. Because HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library contains comprehensive coverage of more than 2,700 legal periodicals…

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U.S. News Considers Using Hein’s ScholarCheck to Evaluate Law School Scholarly Impact

Author Profile Pages, Current Events, ScholarCheck, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

U.S. News & World Report is the global authority in education rankings. They specifically rank the Best Law Schools based on a number of factors including LSAT scores, job placement success, student-faculty ratio, and much more. U.S. News has been collaborating with the Hein Company to potentially create a new ranking, which would evaluate the scholarly impact of law schools across the United States.

Analyzing Scholarly Impact

Robert Morse, the Chief Data Strategist for U.S. News and author of the Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings blog

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ScholarCheck Update and General Overview

Customer Suggestion, Exploring HeinOnline, ScholarCheck, What's New
Shannon Furtak

NEW: Refreshed Appearance

Thanks to a suggestion from a HeinOnline user, ScholarCheck statistics inside a document are no longer initially found in a pop-up box. The pop-up box blocked some text in the table of contents, and we agreed with the user that this information could be displayed more effectively. Check out ScholarCheck’s new appearance above any journal’s table of contents:

Color code:

  • Blue: cited by articles
  • Red: cited by cases
  • Green: cited by documents in the American Law Institute Library
  • Gold: number of times accessed

Click the ScholarCheck Box to display the number of articles and cases that cite the article being viewed…

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Most-Cited U.S. Supreme Court Cases in HeinOnline: Part III

Exploring HeinOnline, ScholarCheck, U.S. Supreme Court
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Almost ten years ago, we blogged about how we applied scholarly indexing to the U.S. Supreme Court Library. Then, a few months later we announced that we added links for users to access the articles which cite cases in HeinOnline, otherwise known as Hein’s ScholarCheck. Check out this snippet of our old interface from 2008!

What’s new since our last two blog posts? We have drastically updated our interface, and not only can users access articles which cite a case, but they can also access cases which cite a case! Fast forward nearly ten years, and let’s now take a look at the top 50 most-cited U.S…

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Research Trending Legal Topics in HeinOnline

Access, Exploring HeinOnline, FAQ, Hein Blog, ScholarCheck
Bonnie Hein

trendinglegaltopics

 

HeinOnline's ScholarCheck is a series of tools which help researchers locate and access related material  from inside HeinOnline and via Fastcase. ScholarCheck also keeps track of the number of times articles are cited by other articles and cases. One of the more recent metrics tracked by ScholarCheck is the number of times articles have been accessed within a rolling 12-month period by other HeinOnline users. The HeinOnline development team recently ran a report of the articles which had the greatest increase in the number of times accessed between January 2016 and now, and some trending topics are discussed below.

Peer-to-Peer Marketplace

Companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb continue to grow the peer-to-peer marketplace addressing ride-sharing…

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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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Mourning the Loss of a Justice, and Debate over the Supreme Court's Future

Current Events, History of Supreme Court Nominations, ScholarCheck
Shannon Furtak

Last weekend, the U.S. Supreme Court lost one of its most vocal, controversial, and polarizing justices in modern history. Antonin Scalia, who was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986, was the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court. He was the leading conservative voice on the Court, known for his outspoken personality and his advocacy for textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation.

Scalia's sudden death has caused a new controversy between the Republican and Democratic parties: should Barack Obama nominate Scalia's successor, or should that task be the responsibility of the 2016 Presidential election winner? Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes the next administration should make the appointment…

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This Year's Most Frequently Accessed Articles

Current Events, Law Journal Library, ScholarCheck
Shannon Furtak

2015 was an incredibly newsworthy year. From a terrorist attack in Paris in the first week of 2015 to the recent attacks in both Paris and San Bernardino, tragic plane crashes at the hands of a co-pilot and suspected terrorism, Donald Trump's controversial Presidential candidacy, multiple mass shootings, and the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, there is much to be discussed, debated and remembered about this year.

To see what's been trending over the past 12 months in the world of legal research…

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Enhancements to ScholarCheck

ALI, Citations, Enhancements, ScholarCheck, What's New
Shannon Furtak

November was an extremely busy month for our development team! In addition to these previously-announced new features, we have two ScholarCheck enhancements to report.

American Law Institute's Restatements of the Law

Citations from Restatements of the Law will now light up as inline hyperlinks. Look for these citations to be highlighted in blue:

Clicking the hyperlink will direct the user to the section referenced in the citation:

Restatement citations will also appear as inline hyperlinks in Fastcase documents:

ScholarCheck Icon and Auto-Display of Statistics

We are pleased to welcome the return of the ScholarCheck icon…

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Author Profile Pages

Author Profile Pages, HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, ScholarCheck
Benjamin Boron

Have you heard about HeinOnline's Author Profile Pages? To help authors of law review articles highlight their work available in the world's largest image-based legal research database, HeinOnline has created Author Profile Pages!

How to Access

There are two ways to access the profile page for a particular author. First, simply search for that author using the advanced search bar on the Law Journal Library homepage:

Author Profile Searching

From the search results, click the author's name, which will link to the profile page and a list of articles written by the author.

Baseball

The second way to access an author's profile is from the table of contents…

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