Back to Basics: Legal Research 101

Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Code
Shannon Sabo

You've been accepted to law school, and that's no small feat. Congratulations—your hard work has paid off, rewarding you with three years that will probably prove to be more intense than anything you've endured.

Wait. That doesn't sound like a reward. It sounds difficult, and it will be—but this short post can make it a little easier. Jump ahead of your classmates this summer by learning the basics of legal research in HeinOnline. Visit the law library early and access the world's largest image-based legal research database, which is guaranteed to be a favorite tool among 2L and 3L students, faculty, and library staff. HeinOnline documents are exact replicas of original print publications, and all documents are fully searchable…

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Privacy and National Security: Apple, Inc. vs. the FBI

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code
Shannon Sabo

This past February, a judge in California ordered Apple, Inc. to help unlock an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the perpetrators of last December's San Bernardino shootings. A phone issued by Farook's employer was recovered by law enforcement and is locked with a four-digit password. Since too many incorrect attempts to guess the password will automatically wipe all data from the phone, the FBI has asked Apple to build a "back door" to this particular iPhone.

In an open letter to the public, Apple explains that they have provided requested data to the FBI on numerous occasions, and they regularly comply with valid search warrants and subpoenas…

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The Best Source for Statutory Materials and GPO Publications

CFR, Exploring HeinOnline, Federal Register, Government Documents, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Agency Library, U.S. Supreme Court
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline is a legal research powerhouse, filled with 60 unique collections, nearly 100,000 titles, and more than 130,000,000 million pages. The database is image-based and fully searchable, and it contains a tremendous depth of content. While other databases have law reviews and government documents dating back to the 1980s, HeinOnline's collections almost always date back to inception. In addition, HeinOnline often has the most current material, making it the most logical source for both historical investigation and today's legal research.

In addition to more than 2,200 law and law-related periodicals and a phenomenal collection of historical legal treatises which contains works by some of the most celebrated legal minds in history, HeinOnline is an excellent source for United States statutory material and Government Publishing Office publications…

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Incredible Content Additions and Two New Features

Citations, Content News, Enhancements, U.S. Code
Shannon Sabo

We are committed to regularly increasing the value of a HeinOnline subscription. Each month, we add hundreds of thousands of pages of new content to existing collections. We also strive to improve our users' legal research experience by enhancing existing features and developing new tools. Here's a summary of major content included in the January release:

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U.S. Code Citation Locator Enhanced!

Enhancements, U.S. Code, What's New
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline's U.S. Code collection just got even better! Not only do we have comprehensive coverage of the United States Code and fully searchable PDF images that are exact replicas of the print publication, users can now take advantage of our improved U.S. Code Citation Locator!

Previously, in order to keep this collection both efficient and affordable, indexing to the section level in the U.S. Code was not provided. The citation locator tool performed a text search within the selected title and edition for the text of the section, which was effective, but sometimes caused users to sift through extraneous results. The improved citation locator tool, when possible, brings the user to the exact page on which their section occurs…

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Citing U.S. Code Supplements

Enhancements, U.S. Code
Shannon Sabo

Did you know that HeinOnline contains complete coverage of the United States Code? Users can browse the U.S. Code by edition or title, download searchable PDFs, or use the U.S. Code Citation Search Tool to easily locate a specific title/section of the code.

New editions of the U.S. Code are issued every six years, with annual supplement volumes released each year in between editions. For example, the 2006 Edition of the code was published, and then five subsequent supplement volumes were issued:

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Supplement I was published in 2007, Supplement II in 2008, Supplement III in 2009, Supplement IV in 2010…

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Tip of the Week: How to Search the Supplement Volumes of the US Code to Determine if Changes Were Made Since the Last Bound Volume

Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Code
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Do you have a specific provision from within the U.S. Code, but you are not sure what updates or changes, if any, have been made to the provision? This tip explores how to search the supplement volumes of the U.S. Code to identify any changes to the provision since the last bound volume was published.

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For our example, we want to determine if any amendments, changes or updates have been made to 21 USC 355a, the Pediatric Studies of Drugs, since the 2006 edition of the US Code was published. To determine this, we can search across the supplement volumes of the US Code that were published after 2006…

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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: Identify Legislation Leading to a Final Rule and Save Your Research Using MyHein

CFR, Federal Register, Statutes at Large, Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Code
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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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