Great Resources: HeinOnline – English Reports

This twelfth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.


Curious about the older cases your textbook mentions but spends less than a note discussing? Are you enrolled in English Legal History or a similar class and need a source for older English materials? Or perhaps you would like to see a full report of an English decision such as Price v. Neal (familiar to those who have studied the law of negotiable instruments – and easily searchable in this collection) in its original context?

Then this could be just what you have been searching for: HeinOnline’s English Reports collection, comprised of more than 100,000 cases, is a great resource for anyone interested in the development of English law or legal history. This expansive collection chronicles a full reprint of the English Reports, spanning the years 122o-1867, as well as the compiled Statutes of the Realm (1235-1713).

If the thought of trying to navigate older materials seems nebulous, fear not: the collection is searchable by case name, two formats of citation, and even by key word search! A “Chart of Reports” is also available, which provides a table of reporter names with corresponding volumes (as well as the appropriate abbreviations and other information).

To access the English Reports collection in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, and the U.S. Presidential Library.