May 2018 Newsletter – Introduction

May 2018 Newsletter

Content Summary

  • Updated databases: 55
  • New titles: 2,884
  • New volumes: 3,384
  • New pages added last month: 657,245
  • Total pages in HeinOnline: 157,164,012

A Special Message from HeinOnline,

In the wake of several of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history, HeinOnline is offering our newest database, Gun Regulation and Legislation in America FREE of charge to all U.S. Core subscribers, academics, and other institutional libraries in order to provide a platform for research and promote civil discourse on the myriad issues related to gun regulation. Our goal is to facilitate productive discussions and help bring all sides of this argument together to effect positive change and prevent more senseless loss of life. We encourage librarians to share this resource openly with all patrons.

This database, which contains more than 500 titles, nearly 1,000 volumes, and nearly 325,00 pages, was released the week of the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, which occurred April 20, 1999. Featured titles include:

  • The Omnibus Anti-Crime Act: A Legislative History of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322
  • Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act: A Legislative History of Public Law No. 103-159
  • Journal on Firearms and Public Policy
  • Gun Control Act of 1968
  • Briefs filed in Supreme Court Cases of gun control

New HeinOnline Content Release Summary

We are also pleased to provide another content update featuring more than 600,000 pages of content, including 2,800 new titles, and nearly 3,500 volumes. Overall, 55 databases have been updated with new journals, books, and other exciting documents!

Content Updates

The Law Journal Library continues to grow with the addition of 15 new journals this month, including four new journals from Cambridge University Press with more to come! The Religion and the Law database received nearly 50 new titles this month and Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law grew by 22 new titles. Other substantial updates have been made to various databases.

New Databases

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America brings together more than 500 titles dealing with this difficult and important topic. Included are periodicals, key compiled federal legislative histories, relevant congressional hearings, CRS Reports, Supreme Court briefs, and more. Links to nearly 500 scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and a balanced selection of external resources to further research this subject are also provided. Research the National Firearms Act, the United States v. Miller and District of Columbia v. Heller decisions, and other key aspects of this subject.

Prestatehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide Including New York City and the District of Columbia is another new database that has recently been added to HeinOnline. This new database is derived from the AALL’s Joseph L. Andrews Literature Award-winning 2005 sourcebook, Prestatehood Legal Materials, which is edited by Michael Chiorazzi and Marguerite Most and is held in more than 350 libraries. It provides brief overviews of state histories from colonization to statehood and identifies a wide range of both readily available and hard-to-find materials from each state; links to more than 1,500 full-text documents are provided. This database has been added to the U.S. State Package at no additional charge!

Major Database Updates

The Session Laws Library indexing project continues: all 50 states are already indexed to the chapter or act level from 2000 to date. In 2017, we announced an amended tactic: states would be indexed back to inception one-by-one, beginning with the most accessed states. Last month, the indexing for Indiana was completed back to inception. Other states that have been indexed back to inception include California, New York, Maryland, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, and Texas. Moving forward, the next focus will be on Massachusetts.

Cataloging Legal Literature has received a third database revision in HeinOnline. Updates include additional references, amended and additional definitions, corrections, and more!

The 2016-2017 Volume of Subject Compilations of State Laws is now available in HeinOnline. The 2016-2017 volume contains 600 entries under 225 main subject headings. New topics in this volume include robots and transportation companies like Uber and Lyft.

With this content release, 25 new documents have been added to World Constitutions Illustrated and seven countries have been supplemented.

New Print Publications

Four new print publications are now available. Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories: A Bibliography of Government Documents, Periodical Articles, and Books, 1st Congress-114th Congress, Fourth Edition is an essential tool for legislative history research and now has two new editors—Ronald Wheeler and Jenna Fegreus. Recommended Publications for Legal Research, 2017 saves readers hours of collection development time by classifying titles by subject and ranking them to help determine the most essential resources for their library. Kavass’s Guide to the United States Treaties in Force (2017 Edition) has a complete and efficient system for documentation of treaty law of any country in the world. Administrative Decisions Under Immigration and Nationality Laws, Volume 26 is a premier source for U.S. immigration policy and practice.

Spinelli’s Oral Histories

Two new videos from Spinelli’s Oral History of Law Librarianship are now available, featuring Melissa Bernstein of the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law and Timothy Kearley, Professor Emeritus of Law and Retired Director of the University of Wyoming Law Library.

Upcoming Meetings

Various HeinOnline representatives will be attending the following meetings over the next couple of months:

  • ALLA (Australian Law Library Association) – Darwin, Australia: May 2-4 (Shannon Hein attending)
  • Carolina Consortium Meeting – Greensboro, NC: May 8 (Steve Roses attending)
  • Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) – Halifax, Canada: May 27-30 (Roxanne Marmion & Kaylyn Zurawski attending)
  • Missouri Bibliographic Information User System (MOBIUS): June 4-5 (Tim Hooge attending)
  • British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) – Birmingham, UK: June 7-9 (Shannon Hein attending)
  • Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) – Boston, MA: June 8 (Steve Roses attending)
  • State University of New York System Library Association (SUNYLA) – Canandaigua, NY: June 13-16 (Roxanne Marmion & Lauren Mattiuzzo attending)
  • American Library Association (ALA) – New Orleans, LA: June 21-26 (Shane Marmion, Shannon Hein, Steve Roses, Shannon Furtak, and Tim Hooge attending)

Be sure to stop by and visit the Hein booth!

Lend Hein a Hand

An updated list of missing titles in HeinOnline is now available. If your library is in possession of this type of material and is willing to donate to us for digitization, please contact Chris Czopp at 716-882-2600. Please note: we would prefer to be able to unbind the material for scanning and would provide electronic copies (PDFs) and/or credit in return.

Publication Changes

A comprehensive list of all recent publication changes is now available.


It’s no secret that HeinOnline loves libraries. Last month, we celebrated National Library Week, and our annual Spring Savings Event is just around the corner! Stay tuned to make sure your library takes advantage of our incredible savings offers.

Please continue reading this month’s newsletter by browsing the table of contents to read in-depth descriptions of all the content and features which have been released this month.


Benjamin Boron
HeinOnline Marketing Department