Indexing Our Way Through State Session Laws: An Update

Content News, Feedback, Session Laws, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

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…

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Project Update: Session Laws Library Indexing

Enhancements, Functionality, Session Laws, What's New
Benjamin Boron

How the Project Began

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…

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Session Laws Indexing Update

Session Laws, What's New
Shannon Sabo

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:

States are indexed based on usage numbers…

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Enhancements to HeinOnline's Session Laws Library

Enhancements, Functionality, Session Laws, What's New
Shannon Sabo

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:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

We have also moved the Chapter portion of the Session Laws Quick Locator tool to a more prominent location on the Session Laws Library homepage:

This tool is also now available from all state pages:

For volumes which have the chapter and act-level indexing…

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Major Enhancement to Session Laws Library Underway!

Enhancements, Functionality, Session Laws, What's New
Shannon Sabo

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…

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Tip of the Week: How to Search for a Law in the Session Laws – Using 4 Different Examples

Searching, Session Laws, Tip of the Week
admin

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.

Watch the Tip of the Week on YouTube, or continue reading below the video for the full-text version.

Before jumping into the search examples…

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