Tip of the Week: How to Locate a House or Senate Report in HeinOnline

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

Committee reports are considered to be one of the most important documents of legislative history research. These reports are produced by the House and Senate committees that address legislative and other policy issues, investigations, and internal committee matters. Each report can be identified by standardized citation that includes the Congress, chamber (House or Senate), and report number. Watch the quick tutorial below or continue reading to learn how to easily retrieve a House or Senate report in HeinOnline.

Where to Find a Committee Report

HeinOnline contains two collections that include House and Senate Reports…

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Tip of the Week: How to Use the CFR Locator Tools

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. HeinOnline’s coverage of the CFR is comprehensive, containing all volumes dating back to inception in 1938. The CFR is indexed to the year, title, and part level, making content more discoverable. Users can easily retrieve specific titles, parts, and sections from within the CFR with our Quick Locator tools found on the database homepage. Watch this quick tutorial below to see how to utilize these tools, or read below for more details.

Getting Started

Title/Part/Section Quick Locator

From the CFR database homepage

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Tip of the Week: Performing a Venn Diagram Search

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Tara Kibler

Venn Diagrams show all possible logical relations among a set of terms, with each term typically represented by a circle. The circles in a Venn Diagram overlap to show how and where the terms intersect.

With the Venn Diagram search in HeinOnline, researchers can visualize the results yield of various keywords to better refine their searches. Users can not only search with the Venn Diagram within one database, but they can also use it to refine their searches across all subscribed databases. This feature saves valuable time and effort, eliminating the need to continuously switch databases and/or edit a search.

In addition, this feature is a valuable teaching tool for guiding students and other budding researchers…

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Tip of the Week: How to Use ScholarCheck

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

When browsing through scholarly journals and secondary sources in HeinOnline, it’s imperative to know how authoritative a source is for your research. ScholarCheck analyzes citation data to provide the most-cited journals, articles, and authors and aides researchers in quickly locating related material. Watch the brief video below to get an overview of HeinOnline’s ScholarCheck, or read below for more information.

What Is ScholarCheck?

ScholarCheck is one of HeinOnline’s most powerful research tools. It is a series of tools and features that:

  • Analyzes the most-cited journals…

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Tip of the Week: Navigating within Titles, Volumes, Sections, and Pages

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Tara Kibler

Here’s a scenario we’re all familiar with. You walk into your local library, quietly wave hello to your friendly neighborhood librarian, and head right to a particular shelf stocked with titles relevant to your needs. The titles on the shelf are all related to a specific discipline, publication type, or use, and when those titles are published as multi-part works or in a serial format, they’re broken out into individual volumes. Crack open one of those volumes to flip through to a particular section of the work—perhaps the title page, the appendix, or the index—or to dive right in to the main content.

HeinOnline’s image-based PDF titles are organized within a similar structure…

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Tip of the Week: How to Locate a Title in HeinOnline

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

When the phone rings here at HeinOnline, one of the most frequently asked questions is “How do I locate a title?” Whether users are trying to locate a publication title or an article title, we have tools to make document retrieval a breeze. Watch this quick tutorial on the various ways to pull up a title in HeinOnline, or read below for more information.

How to Locate a Publication Title

The Catalog tab, found in the stationary search bar…

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Tip of the Week: Researching the Career of a Senator

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Tara Kibler

The ability to thoroughly investigate and analyze the activity of Congress and its members is crucial for historical research projects, understanding current events, and these days, especially, for becoming a more informed voter during election time.

Discover a few ways to research the life and career of a U.S. senator, in particular, with this tip of the week. We’d like to thank Staci Green, Head of Library Operations at Dickinson State University, for her recent question, which inspired this blog post!

Start with the Basics

Before diving into the nitty gritty of database research, you’ll want to check and see if any relevant titles have already been compiled…

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Tip of the Week: How to Locate the Text of a Public Law

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

Have you ever tried to locate the text of a public law or an Act, but didn’t have a U.S. Statutes at Large citation or a public law number handy? This week’s tip will showcase how to utilize three different sources in HeinOnline to locate the text of a public law using its popular name.

Watch the video below or continue reading below for the full-text version of our tip of the week.

U.S. Statutes at Large

The U.S. Statutes at Large is the official source for all laws and resolutions enacted by Congress…

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Tip of the Week: Locating the Statutory Authority of a Regulation

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Lauren Mattiuzzo

Congress often times will pass a statute and then grant an administrative body or agency the authority to issue rules and regulations based on that law. Users can locate such federal rules and regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations database. In today’s Tip of the Week, we’re going to explore how to locate the statutory authority for a regulation using a CFR citation.

Locating Statutory Authority

Let’s research the rules and regulations regarding investigations when it comes to whistleblower protection for FBI employees. For this example, let’s locate CFR citation 28 CFR 27.3 from the 2016 edition…

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Tip of the Week: Locating Restatements of the Law in HeinOnline

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Tara Kibler

Restatements are essentially common law judge-made doctrines that develop gradually over time because of the principle of stare decisis. Although Restatements are not binding authority in and of themselves, they are highly persuasive because they are formulated over several years with extensive input from law professors, practicing attorneys, and judges. The Restatements of the Law is one of the most respected and well-used sources of secondary authority, covering nearly every area of common law.

HeinOnline hosts both current and archival Restatements of the Law in its American Law Institute Library. Have you ever tried to use HeinOnline Restatements, and weren’t sure where to begin? No worries! We’ve got four different methods to get you started…

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