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Subject Compilations of State Laws

An award-winning resource that identifies and describes fifty-state law surveys on hundreds of subjects in hundreds of sources.







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About the Subject Compilations of State Laws Series

Cheryl Nyberg’s Subject Compilations of State Laws has long been recognized as the most comprehensive source for identifying thousands of articles, books, government documents, looseleaf services, court opinions, and Internet sites that compare state laws on hundreds of subjects.

The first volume, 1960-1979, compiled by Lynn Foster and Carol Boast, won the AALL Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award in 1982.  The series has been previously chosen as one of AALL’s “Best Legal Reference Books” and has been called “unique,” “priceless,” and “irreplaceable.”

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About the Subject Compilations of State Laws Database

The database version of Subject Compilations of State Laws has revolutionized historical state subject searching—there is no longer a need to browse the twenty-plus print volumes in the print series. Following the launch of this ground-breaking database, the resource went on to win the 2009 AALL Best New Product Award. The latest update with the 2017-2018 volume adds more than 1,000 entries under 310 main subject headings. Researchers now have instantaneous access to more than 27,000 bibliographic records, many with extensive annotations.

Most importantly, the annotations link directly to articles and other documents residing in HeinOnline. In all, more than 14,000 records link to HeinOnline periodicals, while the majority of other records link to case law or external websites. Additionally, users are able to enjoy access to the current and all prior volumes in the series, as well as other related works,  including direct links to more than 670 full-text documents within HeinOnline. 

Included with Subject Compilations of State Laws, users also have access to State Law Index: An Index and Digest to the Legislation of the States of the United States Enacted During the Biennium, volumes 1-12 (1925-1948). This index, published biennially by the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress, is a valuable source for identifying session laws by subject that were enacted by the various states during the years involved.

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About the Author

Cheryl Rae Nyberg currently works at the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington, as a Librarian in Digital Initiatives. She is also the content manager for the Gallagher Law Library website.

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