Tip of the Week: How to Determine if a Treaty is Still in Force

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HeinOnline’s treaty research databases offer an easy way to determine if a treaty is still in force or if it has been terminated.  This week’s tip explores how to make this determination using both the Treaties & Agreements Treaty  Search Tool and the United Nations Treaty Series database available in HeinOnline.

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Determining if a Treaty is Still in Force in the Treaties & Agreements Library:

First, let’s look at a scenario in which the U.S. is a party to the agreement.  When the U.S. is a party to the treaty in question…

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Tip of the Week: How to Search the Popular Name Tables in the United States Code

Tip of the Week, U.S. Code
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If you know the name of an Act and want to know where it was codified in the United States Code, the best approach is by searching the Popular Name Tables.  This week’s tip demonstrates how to search the Popular Name Tables for the name of the Act.

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Each version of the United States Code contains a popular name table, which lists federal acts alphabetically by their official or popular name and provides citations to those acts. The popular name tables are located immediately following title 50 in the United States Code and have each been indexed to allow a researcher to search across just those tables. …

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

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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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Before jumping into the search examples…

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Tip of the Week: How to Find the Text of a Public Law When All You Have is the Popular Name

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Have you ever found yourself looking for the text of a public law or an act, but you don’t have the public law number or Statutes at Large citation?  This week’s tip will illustrate how you can utilize two different sources in HeinOnline to search for the text by the popular name.

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For our example, we are searching for the text of the Securities Act of 1933.

The first resource you can try is the U.S. Statutes at Large library in HeinOnline.  From the U.S. Statutes at Large landing page, click on Browse by Popular Name…

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Tip of the Week: Identify Legislation Leading to a Final Rule and Save Your Research Using MyHein

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This week’s tip is going to build off of our last tip of the week, How to Find Preambles in the Federal Register.  This week however, we are going to identify the other key pieces of legislation involved in this rulemaking  including the public law, CFR and US code codifications, the proposed rule and comments on the proposal, and along the way, we are going to use a MyHein account to save all of our research that led to this final rulemaking.

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So, first and foremost, we want to pull up our final rule which we know from our first tip in this series is found at 71 FR 33172. …

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Tip of the Week: How to Find a Preamble in the Federal Register

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Do you often find yourself looking for the preamble of a final rule and don’t know where to start in the Federal Register?  If you’re a frequent user of the Federal Register in HeinOnline, you likely know that the most effective search technique to use is keyword searching. This week’s tip explores how to do a keyword search across the Federal Register to find a preamble for a Final Rule.  Next week’s tip will then focus on how to use a MyHein account, to gather all the relevant legislation around that Final Rule into one place for reference during your research project.  That includes the proposed rule, any comments, the public law, and any commentary from law journals.  So be sure to check back for part II of this tip…

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Tip of the Week: Is this title in HeinOnline?

Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks
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A lot of times we get the question, “Is this title available in HeinOnline?” This week’s tip will go over how to determine if a specific title is available in HeinOnline. The method is quick and easy: Use the Catalog Search at the top of the HeinOnline homepage!

At the top right corner of HeinOnline’s homepage (home.heinonline.org), there is a search box labeled “Catalog Search” This search box can be used by anyone, subscriber or not, to search the entire HeinOnline database to determine if a title is included in HeinOnline. 

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Tip of the Day: How to Search for a Slip Opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court Library

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Here’s today’s Tip of the Day in honor of Customer Appreciation Week:

If you are searching for a slip opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court Library, you can search by the name or by the slip opinion number.  To search by the number, you would use the Description field from the drop down menu in the field search option or use the field description in an advanced search.  To search by name, you would use the Title field.  Let’s look at a specific example illustrating how to locate a slip opinion by case name or number and search within that opinion for key terms.

For our examples…

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Tip of the Day: How to Quickly Search the History of Bills and Resolutions in the Congressional Documents Collection

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Here’s today’s Tip of the Day in honor of Customer Appreciation Week:

If you want to quickly search across the History of Bills and Resolutions from the Congressional Record bound volumes, this tip will illustrate the fastest and most effective way to do so.

From the U.S. Congressional Documents collection home page, under the Resources Tab, there is a Browse option and a link “History of Bills and Resolutions”.

When you click that link, it will generate a complete search for all the History of Bills and Resolutions sections within the Congressional Record bound Volumes and return them in a search results listing.  The left side of the search results will show the date facets…

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Tip of the Day: How to Find a Section in the CFR

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Here is today’s Tip of the Day in honor of our Customer Appreciation Week!

If you have a specific CFR citation, you can use the CFR Citation Locator tool from the CFR home page to generate a search for the citation.   In using this tool, there are a few things you should know.  The CFR in HeinOnline is indexed to the part level, it is not indexed to the section level.  Therefore, to find a section in the CFR, you have to generate a text search for the section.  When you use the CFR citation locator tool on the CFR home page, the system will generate a full-text search for you based upon the criteria you entered for the year…

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