Many of you routinely use Hein Online to find the full text of older law reviews and law journals online. Hein Online bills itself as “the Modern Link to Legal History,” offering a comprehensive, ever-expanding collection of legal materials. Hein Online now offers many different collections including:
• Law Journal Library
• Federal Register Library
• Treaties and Agreements Library
• U.S. Attorney General Opinions Library
• U.S. Supreme Court Library
• Legal Classics Library
Check out Hein Online via our Online Resources page. The copyright laws of the United States apply to use of materials obtained from Seattle University Law Library databases. Additional licensing restrictions may also apply. For further information, contact the Reference desk.
Many people have used Hein Online to access law review articles that are beyond the scope of coverage for Westlaw and Lexis, but the law reviews are just the tip of the iceberg of Hein Online’s content. One of the most useful collections on our Hein subscription is the U.S. Congressional
Collection. The U.S Congressional Collection on Hein has full text scans of the images for each page of the Congressional Record back to its inception in 1873. The collection also includes the three previous iterations of the Congressional Record: the Congressional Globe Vols. 1-46 (1833-1873); Register of Debates in Congress Vols. 1-14 (1825-1837) and the Annals of the Congress of the United States 1st Congress to 18th Congress (1789-1824).
Both the Daily Edition of the Congressional Record (the “newspaper” like edition that reports the daily events in Congress) and the Bound Edition (the formal edition that has been corrected, revised, and edited and can include later insertions by members of Congress) are available in the Congressional Collection. Hein’s Daily to Bound Locator is a handy tool that cross-references the pagination between the two editions.
The handiest feature on the U.S. Congressional Collection, however, is that all versions of the Congressional Record going back to 1789 Annals of Congress are full text searchable. When you think that prior to our acquisition of the U.S. Congressional Collection, these materials had to be painstakingly researched using microfiche – this is, indeed, an incredible resource to have at our fingertips. Hein Online is available through the law library.
International law can be one of the most complex and challenging areas of legal research. The Foreign Law Guide seeks to simplify the process by providing links to both primary and secondary sources of law for over 190 countries throughout the world. The database provides links to English translations of the legal materials from each country. In addition to providing information on individual countries, the database contains bibliographical information on many international conventions and treaties. The database is easy to navigate, as users can search for legal information by country name or by searching for particular areas of law. Check it out on the library database page.
Published November 8, 2012
Tags: CRS, database, legal information
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides research and analysis at the request of members of Congress. The CRS does not make the reports they produce publicly available, but there are several websites that have begun collecting these reports and making them available. The University of Northern Texas has a database that collects and preserves CRS reports, which is searchable by keyword or by subject matter. OpenCRS is also a good resource for finding CRS reports.
Whatever you think of statistics, there will come a time when you need them to support a legal argument. ProQuest Statistical Insight can help you find what you need. Available through the Library catalog, this easily searchable database includes numbers from government and other sources starting from 1974. Start with a broad search and use the filters to narrow your results to precisely the data set you need.
Looking for a specific treatise, reference book, or other research resource and wondering if it is on WestlawNext? Westlaw next now provides access the directory and publication list (just like Westlaw).
My Content shows WestLawNext subscribers exactly what’s included in their subscription. So, when you are out in the world doing legal work, you can determine whether a specific source is included in your firm’s WestlawNext® plan.
The My Content feature is available from the WestlawNext home page: Click on the Tools tab, then click on My Content (displayed below the Subscriber Pricing Guide).
The My Content page lists content included in your WestlawNext subscription. There are some options for searching the content:
- Search the list: Use the search box to find titles within your content list.
- Browse the list: The default is to display the content by Name in alphabetical order. Links at the top of the page offer the ability to jump to a particular letter.
- Sort the list by Content Type: Use the drop-down menu to change the sort order and then limit the list to a particular content type, such as Cases.
- Download the list: Click the link to download a full list of content for your reference.
- Access in-plan content: Click on individual links to go directly to the corresponding page where the content can be searched or added to Favorites.
Note—My Content is available on Academic plans, but when you access the list, you will see at the top “SAMPLE PLAN FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY”. So from the law school account you can refer to a list of sources, but it does not reflect the actual content available with the Seattle University subscription.
Where can you find reliable summaries of Washington municipal law issues on a variety of topics? The Municipal Research Services Center! This non-profit organization provides research support and advice to Washington governmental staff … however, much of their content is available to the public for free. The Subjects page provides analysis of municipal issues across topics, and the Washington State Court Decisions page describes cases about municipal law.