Wrongful Convictions and Innocence Projects

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

The Innocence Project celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month. The number of exonerations in the United States has increased each year for the past three years, and recently hit a record high. There are more than three exonerations on average per week, which is double the 2011 rate. The main causes of wrongful convictions include forensic misconduct, eyewitness misidentification, and inadequate legal defense. HeinOnline is proud to support various innocence projects around the United States.

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld…

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Researching Natural Disasters in HeinOnline

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Natural disasters can devastate people and businesses. In the past month, news stations have broadcasted the destructive effect that Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria have had on the southeast portion of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Congressional Service Reports provide insight on and reports discussing the laws related to natural disasters and what effect these hurricanes can have on Congress. HeinOnline contains a multitude of documents pertaining to natural disasters.

Search Across All Databases

To begin, conduct a search throughout all the databases in HeinOnline…

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Watergate Scandal Part II: Pentagon Papers

Exploring HeinOnline, Pentagon Papers, Searching, U.S. Presidential Library
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Earlier this summer we blogged about HeinOnline’s journal and government document coverage, and how it relates to researching historical events. The blog provided a brief synopsis of the Watergate Scandal and how to research this topic in multiple HeinOnline databases. Let’s now look at the link between the Watergate scandal and the Pentagon Papers, which are available in HeinOnline.

History of the Pentagon Papers

The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States-Vietnam Relations…

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NEW! Title Alerts Now Available

MyHein, Searching, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Can’t keep up with all the titles we are adding each month? Want to be alerted when titles with certain terms or keywords are added to HeinOnline? Well now you can thanks to a customer suggestion! Users now have the ability to save catalog search queries to their MyHein account. Utilize this personal research tool to save search queries and maximize your research time. To learn more about MyHein, view the user’s guide and create your account today!

How to Set Up Alerts

When searching in HeinOnline

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Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Tools in HeinOnline: Part 2

Law Journal Library, Searching, What's New
Shannon Sabo

Last month, new natural language processing and machine learning tools were released in beta format in HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library. This blog post described the new More Like This tool, as well as new topic and entity application, in detail. This month, additional features using these concepts are now available.

What’s New?

Topics and entities are now available within document metadata fields and search facets. Entities include location, person, and organization. For instance, search for “Supreme Court” AND gerrymander* and sort results by number of times cited by articles…

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New in HeinOnline: The Canadian Bar Review

Bar Journals Library, Law Journal Library, Searching, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

The Canadian Bar Review has been added to HeinOnline with the August content release. This peer-reviewed legal journal founded in 1923 is the successor to Canadian Law Times and Canada Law Journal, which date back to 1855 and provide important insight into Canadian legal history. These two journals ceased publishing to form the Canadian Bar Review. For the first time ever, all three publications are available on one platform.

About the Canadian Bar Review

The Canadian Bar Review is compiled by the Canadian Bar Association

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North Korea and the Nuclear Crisis

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

North Korea recently made threats about a possible nuclear war, claiming that they have successfully built an intercontinental ballistic missile. In response to this announcement, Donald Trump has warned Kim Jong Un that the United States military is ready to retaliate if needed. Although media statements from North Korea revealed Kim Jong Un’s plan to fire missiles 25 miles off of Guam—a harbor to two U.S. military bases—he soon retracted his statement. While this is considered current news, history proves this conflict is nothing new.

History of North Korea and Nuclear Weapons

  • In 1985…

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Serial Killers, Book Deals, and Legal Research

Current Events, Searching
Shannon Sabo

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the arrest of serial killer David Berkowitz, more famously known as “Son of Sam” or the “.44 caliber killer.” In addition to wreaking havoc in New York City by killing six people and wounding seven others, Berkowitz’s notoriety led to the creation of and subsequent controversy surrounding “Son of Sam laws.” Research these laws, related constitutional issues, and Supreme Court cases on this killer topic in HeinOnline.

Berkowitz’s Crimes and Capture

  • On July 29, 1976 Berkowitz shot two teenage women: Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti…

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New Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Tools in HeinOnline

Searching, What's New
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline has just begun to work on new research tools and concepts that will help both novice and experienced researchers make the most of its content. Using natural language processing and machine learning tools, combined with custom concepts specific to HeinOnline’s incredible scope and range of content, the team aims to vastly improve discoverability of relevant content.

More Like This (Beta)

Two new tools have already been introduced in the Law Journal Library, with plans to eventually expand their reach to all other HeinOnline content…

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No Beef About It: Factory Farming

Animal Law, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Factory farming, also known as industrial livestock production, has nearly completely replaced traditional farming. In fact, 99% of farm animals are raised in factory farms. These farmsteads focus mainly on a high-level output of meat, egg, and milk production. In order to obtain these elevated results, animals are often confined and fed steroids. This has sparked a debate on whether or not these practices are ethical, safe, or even necessary.

How Did Factory Farming Begin?

Back in 1947, British farmers in the UK were provided subsidies due to a new Agriculture Act…

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