Tilikum, Circus Elephants, and Animal Rights

Animal Law, Current Events, Hein Blog, National Survey of State Laws, Navigating, Searching, Subject Compilations of State Laws, Tips and Tricks
Bonnie Hein


Tilikum was a 22 feet long, more than 11,000 pound killer whale and possibly the most famous orca in the world. Earlier this month, he died of serious health issues at an estimated 36 years of age. He was captured near his birthplace of Iceland and performed in captivity for decades, becoming notorious for aggressive behavior, including the death of three people. Tilikum was profiled in the documentary Blackfish, which helped to influence popular opinion on killer whales in captivity and on SeaWorld in particular. 

Similarly, the "Greatest Show on Earth," another long-time attraction, has received increasingly negative public sentiment regarding captive wild animals forced to perform as entertainment…

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Research the Effects of Opioids on Society

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Hein Blog, Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Presidential Library
Bonnie Hein


A recent newspaper investigation revealed that drug wholesalers have shipped 780 million prescription painkillers to West Virginia over a six-year period. This amounted to more than 400 pills per person in West Virginia.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), six counties of West Virginia ranked in the top 10 in the nation for fatal pain pill overdoses. Between 2007 and 2012, more than 1,700 West Virginians died of hydrocodone or oxycodone overdoses, affecting generations of families and representing only a fragment of a growing national crisis.

More than 33,000 people in the United States were killed from opioid overdoses in 2015…

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Get More from Your HeinOnline Subscription!

Exploring HeinOnline, HeinOnline, Searching, Tips and Tricks, Training, Training Guides
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline has a wealth of resources available to help you with searching and navigating in the database. From a help page to live, personalized training sessions, we have what you need to get started using HeinOnline and to advance your legal research skills to the next level!


Our help page is a great place to get answers to frequently asked questions, download or view training guides, and watch helpful videos about HeinOnline's interface and tools.

This page is fully searchable and incorporates our blog

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Easily Find a Hearing in the U.S. Congressional Documents Library

Exploring HeinOnline, HeinOnline, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline contains nearly 39,000 Congressional hearings, with hundreds more being added each month; the hearings subcollection is rapidly approaching 10 million pages! This extensive collection includes select hearings from the 50th Congress through the 114th Congress.

Search for a Hearing

A quick topical search is easy using the Advanced Search link beneath the main search bar. Simply type in your search terms and select "Congressional Hearings" in the Document Type box:

This will produce a list of hearings that contain your search terms, which can be refined using the facets on the left side of the screen or by modifying the search:

Congressional Hearing Quick Finder

If you need a specific hearing…

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New Video Available: Create an eTOC Alert

HeinOnline, HeinOnline Support, MyHein, Tips and Tricks, Training
Shannon Sabo

Would you like to be alerted as soon as new material for a title becomes available in HeinOnline? ElectronicTable of Contents (eTOC) Alerts are an easy way to manage your online collections, and they ensure that you will never miss a new issue of your selected titles. Alerts are sent to users as soon as content is uploaded to HeinOnline.

For a short video tutorial on how to set up eTOC alerts in HeinOnline, please see below or click this link!

Simply create a MyHein account and navigate to the desired title using the A-Z index from the top of a collection homepage:

You can also locate the title using the Catalog search option from the HeinOnline Welcome Page:

Click the title from either location…

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Searching in HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents Collection

Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents collection is a valuable resource which contains, among other titles, the full run of the Congressional Record official bound version, the Congressional Record Daily edition from 1980 to current, and a wealth of Congressional Hearings, CRS Reports, and Committee Prints. This post will cover searching using a specific citation, using the Daily to Bound Locator, finding a Congressional Hearing, and performing a general search in this collection.

Search Using a Specific Citation

Use the Citation Navigator tab to locate a document when you know the exact citation…

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New Video Available: Citations on a Page

Navigating, Tips and Tricks, Training, What's New
Shannon Sabo

Using HeinOnline's ScholarCheck tool is like having an assistant helping with your legal research!  In the past year, we've made several enhancements to ScholarCheck. Check out how we've integrated the features of ScholarCheck into case law powered by Fastcase here. We've also added the ability to view the number of times an article has been viewed by other HeinOnline users in a rolling 12-month period, which we discuss in detail here. Check out this post about how we've added the ScholarCheck "cited by articles" analysis to Index to Foreign Legal PeriodicalsUsers can now view the cumulative number of times an author's articles have been cited by other articles next to the author's name in search results…

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How to Quickly Find a Publication or an Article in HeinOnline

FAQ, Law Journal Library, Searching, Tips and Tricks
Shannon Sabo

Two of the most frequently asked questions our HeinOnline Support Team receives are:

1. How do I know if I have access to a publication in HeinOnline?
2. How do I locate an article in the Law Journal Library?

Locate/Access a Title

The easiest way to find out if a title is available in HeinOnline and the collection in which it resides is by using the Catalog Search tab from the Welcome Page:

Enter the title and change the drop-down menu to Publication Title, and then click search. Titles that meet your search criteria will appear in the results…

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Check out HeinOnline's Foreign and International Law Resources Database

FILRD, Tips and Tricks
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline's Foreign and International Law Resources Database fills the void in online access to important international law research documents. Presented in five parts, this collection enables researchers to easily search across multiple international law titles simultaneously. Like most other HeinOnline content, the Foreign and International Law Resources Database contains documents from inception in an image-based (PDF) and fully searchable format.

Browse all available titles using the convenient letter index, or choose a subcollection to start your research:

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New Video: Law Journal Library 101

Law Journal Library, Tips and Tricks, What's New
Shannon Sabo

Are you looking for a tool to show your students or staff the basics of navigating and searching in HeinOnline's Law Journal Library? Check out our latest video on this topic, available in two formats on help.heinonline.org:

A special thank you to Hannah Young from the Southampton Solent University Library for suggesting a video on the Law Journal Library! We encourage customer feedback on both HeinOnline and our training materials, so if you have an idea for a future video, please e-mail us at holsupport@wshein.com.

Interested in web training for your institution? Fill out our training request form

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