Session Laws Library Indexing Project: March 2019 Update

Enhancements, Session Laws, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Back in June 2018, we blogged about the status of the Session Law indexing project. All 50 states in the Session Law Library are indexed to the chapter or act level from 2000 to current. We are currently expanding this indexing for all states back to inception. Since our last update, we have been diligently working and have indexed six more states back to inception. Let’s take a look at where this project currently stands.

Status of the Project

The following states have been indexed back to inception thus far:

  1. California (1849-2018)
  2. Florida (1822-2018)
  3. Georgia (1735-2017)
  4. Illinois (1809-2017)
  5. Indiana (1801-2018)
  6. Louisiana (1804-2016)
  7. Maryland (1692-2018)
  8. Massachusetts (1661-2016)
  9. Minnesota (1850-2018)
  10. Mississippi (1799-2017)
  11. New York (1691-2017)
  12. Ohio (1788-2016)
  13. Pennsylvania (1700-2015)
  14. Rhode Island (1636-2017)
  15. South Carolina (1694-2017)
  16. Texas (1836-2017)

Next up to be added to this list is the state of Tennessee…

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Named to the 2018 List of Best Historical Materials: Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies: A Bibliographic Listing

Current Events, Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies: A Bibliographic Listing has been named to the 2018 List of Best Historical Materials. The list recognizes effectiveness in coverage of historical resources in all fields of history and promotes enhanced availability of historical works and information, and is published in Reference and User Services Quarterly. The sources selected by the Historical Materials committee seek to improve the usefulness of bibliographies, historical materials, and indexes in the field of history and is shared among bibliographers, indexers, publishers, and professional associations.

“From the time of Andrew Jackson…

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U.S. News Considers Using Hein’s ScholarCheck to Evaluate Law School Scholarly Impact

Author Profile Pages, Current Events, ScholarCheck, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

U.S. News & World Report is the global authority in education rankings. They specifically rank the Best Law Schools based on a number of factors including LSAT scores, job placement success, student-faculty ratio, and much more. U.S. News has been collaborating with the Hein Company to potentially create a new ranking, which would evaluate the scholarly impact of law schools across the United States.

Analyzing Scholarly Impact

Robert Morse, the Chief Data Strategist for U.S. News and author of the Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings blog

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NEW DATABASE: GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions

GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions, What's New
Benjamin Boron

We are pleased to announce the first new database of 2019: GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions. This database is free for HeinOnline Academic and U.S. Core + subscribers and includes more than 47,000 titles and nearly two million pages!


About the Database


HeinOnline’s GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions database contains reports on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of federal programs conducted by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). All published reports, testimonies, correspondence, and special publications are included (products that are restricted or classified are not). GAO Comptroller General Decisions contain decisions and opinions issued by the Comptroller General in areas of federal law such as appropriations…

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The Evolution of A Customer Suggestion

Customer Suggestion, Enhancements, What's New
Shannon Furtak

From Live Chat to Interface Change

HeinOnline often uses icons to indicate tools or links to additional information and features. A few weeks ago, we received a live chat from HeinOnline user Nancy Tileston from the Alaska Court System’s law library.

Nancy questioned the use of a circled red R next to titles in various HeinOnline databases. She initially believed the R to mean ‘restricted,’ but in reality it represented a link to the title’s MARC Record.

We agreed with Nancy that the R was definitely misleading, which we hadn’t considered when initially implementing the icons last June…

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ScholarCheck Update and General Overview

Customer Suggestion, Exploring HeinOnline, ScholarCheck, What's New
Shannon Furtak

NEW: Refreshed Appearance

Thanks to a suggestion from a HeinOnline user, ScholarCheck statistics inside a document are no longer initially found in a pop-up box. The pop-up box blocked some text in the table of contents, and we agreed with the user that this information could be displayed more effectively. Check out ScholarCheck’s new appearance above any journal’s table of contents:

Color code:

  • Blue: cited by articles
  • Red: cited by cases
  • Green: cited by documents in the American Law Institute Library
  • Gold: number of times accessed

Click the ScholarCheck Box to display the number of articles and cases that cite the article being viewed…

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2018 Year in Review

2018, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

2018 certainly had its ups and downs. Let’s take a look at some of the major events that happened around the globe this past year:

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HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated: January 2019 Update

Content News, What's New, World Constitutions Illustrated
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Back in September, we updated our users on the content that was released in the World Constitutions Illustrated database dating back to May. Read below to find out what documents have been added to this ever-growing database.

Updates from September 2018 to Date

Since the last content news update, we have updated 17 countries and added nearly 170 new titles to the World Constitutions Illustrated database.

We will continue to post constitutional content news right here in the HeinOnline blog. Be sure to subscribe to our blog to receive notifications when new posts are published…

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New Metric Added to Author Profile Pages

Author Profile Pages, Customer Suggestion, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Twitter Feedback Leads to New Metric

Professor Orin Kerr is one of the Law Journal Library‘s most popular authors and an avid user of Twitter. Recently, Professor Kerr sent us a direct message on Twitter with several points of feedback on HeinOnline’s Author Profile Pages. He offered the suggestion to add a new metric: average number of citations per article. This new metric counts the cumulative number of times this author’s articles have been cited by other articles, then divides this number by this author’s total number of articles written, to calculate the average number of citations per article.

The new metric is not factored into an author’s overall ScholarCheck ranking analysis…

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New Subcollection Available in the Foreign & International Relations Database!

Content News, Foreign & International Relations Database, What's New
Lauren Mattiuzzo

December is Universal Human Rights Month which honors the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), an international document adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. HeinOnline is proud to partner with the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI) to enhance the Foreign & International Law Resources Database. A brand-new subcollection featuring publications from the IHRLI is now available at no additional charge to subscribers!

This essential organization is committed to protecting the human rights of all people on a global level and educating future legal professionals about the means and methods of doing so. IHRLI meets this commitment through the implementation of innovative human rights projects around the world and through the offering of a wide range of opportunities to study international human rights law…

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