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.

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

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?

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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.

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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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Tip of the Day: How to Use Boosting in a Search Query

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Have you ever wanted to place more relevance on a single term or phrase within your search query? If so, you can use boosting to influence the relevancy ranking of your search results.

Check out the Tip of the Day via our YouTube video, or continue below the video to read a full-text version of this tip.

For example, if you are searching for three terms but want to place more importance and relevance on one of the terms, you can boost the term using the carot symbol ^ (Shift + 6 on your keyboard).

Many often ask, what is the range for boosting, do the numbers go between 1 and 10 or 1 and 100…

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Tip of the Week: Where can I find a House or Senate Report in HeinOnline?

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Committee Reports are considered to be one of the most important documents of legislative history research.  All House and Senate Reports are published in the United States Congressional Serial Set, which is not a resource available in HeinOnline.  However, HeinOnline may still have a House or Senate Report available in it’s  U.S. Federal Legislative History collection which contains more than 1,000 full-text legislative histories. So, how do you determine if we have the report or not?

Check out this week’s how-to video on YouTube, or continue reading below the video for a full-text version.

  1. First, determine what public law the committee report is tied to.
  2. Then, navigate to HeinOnline’s U.S…

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Tip of the Week: How to do a Proximity and Wildcard Search in the Same Search Query

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We often get the question, “can I do a proximity search and a wildcard search in the same search string?” Unfortunately, the answer is no, you can’t.  Our current syntax does not support the use of a proximity search and a wildcard search in the same search string.  However, that does not mean you can’t construct a search in HeinOnline to accommodate both of those search functions and find what you’re looking for.  Check out the video tutorial below to see an example illustrating how you would construct a search in which you want to use both the proximity and wildcard functions.  Or, continue reading below the video for the full-text version of the tip.

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