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HeinOnline Academic (formerly Government, Politics & Law)

HeinOnline Academic contains more than 100 million pages of content across 156,000 titles and 310,000 volumes. HeinOnline bridges the gap in history by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,600 periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of journals, the database also contains the Congressional Record bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, constitutions for every country in the world, classic books from the 18th & 19th centuries, all United States Treaties, the Federal Register and CFR from inception, and much more!

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Databases Included in the HeinOnline Academic Package

Law Journal Library

Academic journals provide a wealth of information, as in-depth analyses of important decisions. Unlike other online databases, HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library is comprehensive, beginning with the first issue ever published of more than 2,600 periodicals and going through the most current issue allowed based on contracts with publishers.

U.S. Congressional Documents

The U.S. Congressional Documents database features the complete Congressional Record bound volume set from its inception in 1873 as well as the three predecessor titles: Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837) and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873). Also available and updated daily are the Congressional Record Dailies from 1980 to the present. Every page is fully searchable and all content is in an image-based PDF format, thus preserving the authenticity of the original documents.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set

The United States Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, is considered an essential publication for unveiling American history. Spanning more than two centuries with more than 17,000 bound volumes, the records in this series include House and Senate Documents, House and Senate Reports, and more. The reports are usually from congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. The documents include all other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate. Documents cover a wide variety of topics, including reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, executive-branch materials were also published in the Serial Set.

Federal Register/CFR

HeinOnline’s Federal Register coverage is comprehensive and begins from inception (1936). The Federal Register is updated daily in HeinOnline, which means you can always access material from the previous business day. Also include is the Code of Federal Regulations with coverage from inception (1938) to current. Additional documents include the United States Government Manual from inception (1935) and the Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents.

U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions & Appeals

The U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals Library is a complete collection of the official case law of some of the United States’ most important government institutions. This case law, also known as decision law, is the body of reported judicial opinions that are published by each agency and thereby become precedent and the basis for future decisions.

World Constitutions Illustrated: Contemporary & Historical Documents and Resources

World Constitutions Illustrated focuses on the constitutional and political development of every country in the world. It is presented in a platform that brings together constitutional and government documents, books, articles, bibliographic references, and websites all related to the political development of each country’s government. It contains more than 6,000 classic books about constitutional history and jurisprudence, political development and economic history around the world.

U.S. Statutes at Large

The United States Statutes at Large is the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Every law, public and private, ever enacted by Congress is published in the the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage. Until 1948, all treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were also published in the set. This database includes complete coverage of the Statutes at Large, and features multiple browsing and searching options to enhance the online value over the paper volumes.

U.S. Federal Legislative History Library

The U.S. Federal Legislative History Library contains two primary sections. The first section, the U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection, contains more than 2,450 comprehensive federal legislative histories published by the U.S. GPO and private publishers. These titles can be browsed by publication title, public law number or the popular name of the public law. From the title listing, researchers can quickly link to the public law in the U.S. Statutes at Large, or link to the entry within the Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories database.

Foreign Relations of the United States

The Foreign Relations of the United States series began in 1861 during the Lincoln administration and now comprises of more than 900 volumes. It presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The volumes contain documents from various presidential libraries, the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Council, the CIA and other foreign affairs agencies, as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy.

U.S. Treaties & Agreements

This database includes all U.S. treaties, whether currently in force, expired, or not yet officially published. It contains more than 18,000 records of treaties and agreements to which the United States has been a party, and also offers a very powerful indexing tool that is unsurpassed by any other online U.S. treaty database. In addition to including the actual page-images of all published and in-force treaties and agreements, this collection includes thousands of unpublished treaties and agreements that have been identified through the records of the United States National Archives and Records Administration, United States Senate Treaty Documents, the Freedom of Information Act, and several other official U.S. government sources.

Religion and the Law

HeinOnline’s Religion and the Law consists of more than 2,400 titles and more than 1,000,000 pages that include books, periodicals, and bibliographies. The database includes the Christian Legal Society publications, an assortment of Canon Law, and rare historical bibles. Featuring works, History of the Church and State, Religion and Freedom, Jewish Law, Religion and Politics, the Bible in Public Schools, and more.

Legal Classics

The Legal Classics database offers more than 11,000 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history, including Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Frederick William Maitland, Frederick Pollock, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Edwardo Coke and many more! In addition to many “classics”, this collection includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world. The collection focuses on constitutional law, comparative law, political science, and other classic topics and includes works dating back to the 1500s.

History of International Law

This database contains more than 1,600 titles and 1,000,000 pages dating back to 1690 on subjects such as: Hague Conferences and Conventions, International Arbitration, Law of the Sea, the Nuremberg Trials, War & Peace, and much more. Included are classic books from famous authors such as Hans Kelsen, Samuel Pufendork and James Brown Scott, significant serials such as the International Law Studies Series [U.S. Naval War College], International Conciliation, and Studies in Transnational Legal Policy, and links to scholarly articles that discuss the history of international law.

U.S. Presidential Library

The U.S. Presidential is a primary source for locating and searching for presidential documents, including the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the President, and more! In addition to the primary material, it contains other significant presidential documents, speeches, select hearings and reports, as well as links to outside sources.

U.S. Code

The United States Code (U.S.C.) is a compilation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent federal laws of the United States based on what is printed in the Statutes at Large. HeinOnline’s coverage is from inception (1925-1926) to current.

Criminal Justice in America: U.S. Attorney General Opinions, Reports, and Publications

This database includes the official opinions of the U.S. Attorney General (both the Official Opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States and the Opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice).

Brennan Center for Justice Publications at NYU School of Law

The Brennan Center is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. The Center’s work focuses on a wide range of issues, such as voting rights, campaign finance reform, racial justice in criminal law, and Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. The Center considers itself to be a think tank, public interest law firm, advocacy group and communications hub. Its law and policy scholarship addresses many issues, is largely written by attorneys, and is extensively peer-reviewed by scholars and legal practitioners.

Pentagon Papers

Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense. These “Pentagon Papers” are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

This database is FREE for ALL U.S. Core package and Government, Politics, and Law subscribers and brings together essential periodicals, compiled legislative histories, CRS reports, Congressional hearings, United States Supreme Court briefs, monographs, and other related materials on the difficult and controversial topic of regulating firearms in the United States.

U.S. Case Law

Fastcase Basic, which is included free of charge with Government, Politics & Law, offers the ability to access U.S. state and federal case law via inline hyperlinks or by entering a case citation from the Citation tab on the HeinOnline Welcome Page or inside any HeinOnline database. Like HeinOnline’s “Citations on a Page” feature, case citations referenced in the text of any document in HeinOnline will link to the case in Fastcase. Links will be highlighted in blue, and clicking on the link will pull in the full text from Fastcase.

U.S. Supreme Court Library

This database offers the only complete coverage of the official from 1754-2010. It also includes preliminary prints, slip opinions, books and periodicals related to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court Library gives you access to all its cases, including major U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Women and the Law

Women and the Law (Peggy) is a collection that brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection

This database is FREE for ALL U.S. Academic Core and Government, Politics, and Law subscribers. The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 is a public law passed by the United States Congress. It directed the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to create a collection of records known as the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection. The JFK Act stated that the collection should consist of all U.S. government documents relating to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, including any state or local law enforcement materials. Furthermore, the Act required that each assassination record be made public no later than 25 years after the date of enactment, unless the President of the United States has reason to withhold the documents. In October of 2017, President Donald Trump directed the National Archives to release materials that were previously withheld. These consisted of nearly 50,000 documents, including more than 19,000 additional documents with the latest release in April 2018. The newly available information contained FBI, CIA, and other agency documents. Some documents will remain classified until 2021.

These newly released documents are now available to the public. HeinOnline has organized and indexed this material to make it easy to navigate and use. Also included in this collection are books, hearings, other related works, and scholarly articles on this topic.