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:
You spoke, we listened. Thanks to feedback from a customer survey, we have enhanced our Session Laws Library by indexing all 50 states to the chapter or act level from 2000 to date. A few months back, we announced an amended tactic: states would be indexed back to inception one-by-one beginning with the most accessed states.
Where Are We Now?
We have completed the states of California (1849-2016) and New York (1691-2016). Both of these states are now indexed back to inception…
In August of 2015, we received an overwhelming amount of feedback from a customer survey indicating that users wanted additional indexing to the Session Laws Library.
The project was initially launched by ranking all states in the order they’re accessed by HeinOnline users and we began indexing the session laws by 10-year increments, in reverse chronological order while simultaneously indexing all new session laws added to HeinOnline.
Update on the Process
We are pleased to announce that all 50 states are now indexed to the chapter or act level from 2000 to current. Moving forward, we are adjusting our process…
In August of 2015, HeinOnline announced a major undertaking: chapter or act-level indexing would be added to all states' session laws. This enhancement was the result of customer feedback from a survey sent to more than 2,000 users: respondents indicated that additional indexing would greatly improve the Session Laws Library. As of last month's content release, all 50 states have this indexing applied to at least the past decade of session laws. All new material being added also contains this in-depth indexing.
The HeinOnline production team is now working on the next reverse-chronological 10-year period for all states. So far, the following states now have the past 20 years indexed to the chapter or act level:
In late August, we blogged about the addition of chapter and act indexing to the Session Laws Library. In the first phase of this ambitious project, we are indexing the last 10 years for all 50 states, plus adding indexing to all new session laws added to HeinOnline. In the next stage of the project we will index the session laws of all 50 states for the previous 10 years before that (1995-2004).
The first phase of chapter and act indexing for 2005-current has been completed for the following states:
HeinOnline is well known for encouraging customer feedback, and many features that have been implemented over the past several months have been the direct result of suggestions received from users. Earlier this year, we sent a survey to our customers, and several responses indicated that users wanted additional indexing in the Session Laws Library. We are pleased to announce that we have a program in place to index all state session laws to the chapter or act level!
All new additions to the Session Laws Library will be indexed to the chapter or act level. We have also ranked all states in the order in which they are accessed by HeinOnline users…
Searching for a Session Law within a specific state can vary depending upon which State you are researching. The method used for organizing session laws is not uniform across all states, meaning some states organize their laws by Chapter, others by Act, others by a Public Law Number of the state, and so forth. Therefore, it is important to understand how to search for a session law across a state using different search techniques. This week’s tip will outline four examples across four different states, each illustrating a different method based on how the state publishes their laws.
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