May 2018 Newsletter – Major Database Updates

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

Session Laws Library

Back in April 2017 we blogged about the Session Laws indexing project and announced that all 50 states were indexed to the chapter or act level from 2000 to current. In August 2017, we released an update to the project, reporting that two states were indexed back to inception. We have been diligently indexing our way through the states and we have some news to share!

Indiana is Now Fully Indexed

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

  1. California (1849-2016)
  2. New York (1691-2016)
  3. Maryland (1692-2017)
  4. Florida (1822-2017)
  5. Illinois (1809-2015)
  6. Ohio (1788-2016)
  7. Georgia (1735-2017)
  8. Texas (1836-2017)
  9. Indiana (1801-2017)

Using the Indexing for Quicker Research

To quickly retrieve a chapter, act, or page, use the Session Laws Quick Locator tool that can be found on the Session Laws Library homepage, or within a particular state. Simply select the state and plug in the year and chapter/act information to retrieve the document.

This tool will take users to the exact page where the chapter begins.


Cataloging Legal Literature, Fourth Edition

We’re pleased to inform Cataloging Legal Literature subscribers that the third database revision has been completed in HeinOnline. Updates include additional references, amended and additional definitions, corrections, and more!


About Cataloging Legal Literature, Fourth edition

Designed to assist catalogers working with legal materials, Cataloging Legal Literature, 4th Edition (CLL4) is not a general self-help book for the beginning cataloger. One goal is to help the law cataloger deal with the ambiguities of 21st century cataloging. First year law students have to learn how to think like lawyers. The questions, some unanswered, posed here are to help a cataloger analyze materials and think like a law cataloger. The authors’ intent is to supplement existing primary and secondary cataloging sources by discussing and examining cataloging practices for legal materials. Cataloging Legal Literature, 4th Edition (CLL4) must be used in conjunction with RDA, LCSH, SHM, and general handbooks on descriptive and subject cataloging. This manual does not provide a full discussion on all of the RDA instructions or Library of Congress subject headings; only those that represent common problems for legal materials have been included. While much attention is paid to standards, flexible thinking about the needs of the law user, is also one of our goals.

How to Locate Changes in HeinOnline

Users can access a list of these changes in the Cataloging Legal Literature database. Simply click on Part 2: A-Z List of Terms from within the database.

Next, click on Revision History to see a list of revisions.

Lastly, click on Revision 3 February 2018 to view the latest changes.


Subject Compilations of State Laws

2016-2017 Volume Now Available in HeinOnline (Print Volume Coming Soon!)

The Subject Compilations of State Laws 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. The annotated material includes law review and other periodical articles, appellate court opinions, books, briefs from cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state courts, commercial database contents, federal and state government publications, looseleaf services, and websites. Database users also enjoy access to the current and all prior volumes in this series.

Most items were published in 2016 and 2017, as the title of this volume indicates. Older titles that have not been annotated in previous volumes of the Subject Compilations series have been included to provide bibliography users with citations to all state law comparisons known to the compiler.

About the Database

Researchers have instantaneous access to more than 25,000 bibliographic records, many with extensive annotations. Most importantly, the annotations link directly to articles and other documents residing in HeinOnline. In all, more than 12,000 records link to HeinOnline periodicals, while the majority of other records link to case law or external websites.

Also included in this collection is the 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, by subject, session laws enacted by the various states during the years involved.

Additional advantages:

  • Quickly access the subject headings recommended by the authors
  • Frequent updating of the database
  • Exact replicas of the original bound volumes are included
  • All material is fully searchable
  • Database updated frequently

World Constitutions Illustrated

HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated (WCI) enables legal scholars to research the constitutional and political development of every country in the world. It includes the current constitution for every country in its original language format and an English translation, as well as substantial constitutional histories for all countries. It also includes constitutional periodicals, thousands of classic books, other related works such as the World Factbook, links to scholarly articles and online resources, and bibliographic references.

What’s Been Updated

With the past content release, 25 new documents have been added to World Constitutions Illustrated and seven countries have been supplemented. See below for details.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is one of the more frequently accessed Francophone African countries in WCI. We have revised and added to our collection of translations concerning the current text of the 4th Republic, and now have a corresponding translation for each state of the text: from the original, for each amending law, and for the current/latest text. This enables researchers to exactly follow the constitutional development and manipulation that has occurred since 1991. Nine translations have been added.


The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China was amended by the National People’s Congress on 11 March 2018. Last month we included the text of the amending law and its English translation. The NPC has now provided their current/latest consolidated text. The corresponding English translation has not been posted. Additionally, some previous WCI administration has been cleaned up so that the earlier amendments of 1988, 1993, 1999 and 2004 are now fully presented in both Chinese and English. A total of nine documents have been added.

Cote d’Ivoire

As with Burkina Faso, we have supplemented and revised our translations of the 1st Republic (1960-2000) so that each stage of the constitutional evolution can be easily ascertained. Seven translations and one French text have been added.


The Constitutional Court has produced new editions of the Constitution of 1990 as amended to 2013. We include the Croatian and the English; the French translation has yet to be updated.


We include the Amharic and English texts of the Constitution of 1987 from the Official Gazette.


The Bundestag has now provided their new print edition of the Basic Law as amended to 2017. The corresponding English translation has not yet been made available.


The Basic Law (Grondwet) of 1983 and the Charter (Statuut) of 1954 were both amended by a Law published in the Staatsblad 2017 No. 426, of 17 November. We have updated the consolidated texts of both in Dutch, and have added additional earlier amending laws to the Statuut from the Staatsblad. Nine documents have been added.