Monthly Archives: August 2013

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Harvard Journal of Law & Technology

heinonline-logoThis thirty-eight installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

There is a database on HeinOnline called “Harvard Journal of Law & Technology.”  The journal was established in 1988, and the database contains viewable texts of the journal for all 26 volumes.  The volumes are listed in chronological order starting with volume 26, published in 2012-2013, the most recent.  The journal covers all aspects of technology law, including intellectual property, biotechnology, privacy law, computer law, cyber crime, antitrust, space law, telecommunications, the Internet, and e-commerce.  Users may search the database by keyword, or browse individual issues.  Searching for a particular topic, for example stem-cell research, allows the user to see how the issue has changed and developed over the course of the past 25 years.

To access the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, go to http://www.law.sc.edu/library/limited_access/ and select HeinOnline.

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, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, theCanada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State Laws, Early American Case Law, and Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf

This thirty-seventh installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

heinonline-logoOriginally created in order to provide resources specifically geared toward law librarians, Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf now offers a wealth of resources for law librarians and the broader legal research community.  For law librarians, the collection includes American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) publications, GreenSlips, newsletters, and numerous cataloging publications.  For the broader legal research community, the collection provides more than 100 legal dictionaries, more than 100 legal bibliographies (including AALL GD-SIS State Bibliographies for state-specific issues), links to Georgetown’s Law Library Research Guides, and the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP).  In addition, Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf includes numerous scholarly articles and other related works, useful to law librarians and legal researchers, alike, as well as a section devoted to legal education for law school administrators, faculty, librarians and legal researchers, which includes the Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools.

Overall, the collection is an excellent resource for performing in-depth legal research, improving research skills, or for facilitating legal research instruction.

To access Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, click here and select HeinOnline.

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, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, theAmerican Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, theCanada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, theEuropean Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State Laws, and Early American Case Law.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Early American Case Law

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This thirty-sixth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

One of HeinOnline’s new additions, the Early American Case Law collection, provides access to the Federal Cases series as well as the Trinity Series alongside other sources of historical case law. This database includes materials that would be especially valuable for anyone researching the development of railroad or transportation laws, such as a set listing railroad cases from 1881-1895 or the US Aviation Reports listed from 1928-1984. The database also includes specific cases on mining and insurance law as well as more general subjects.

This collection is not large, however it is certainly more than worth browsing – especially for those seeking precedents or those who are interested in legal history (these materials are primarily from the late 1800s and early 1900s). If you are searching for a certain case located in one of these reporters, Hein has provided its helpful Citation Navigator tool to allow quick access to any case in the collection.

To access the Early American Case Law 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, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, theAmerican Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, theCanada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, theEuropean Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, and the Subject Compilations of State Laws.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Subject Compilations of State Laws

heinonline-logoThis thirty-fifth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

“Subject Compilations of State Laws” is a library resource on HeinOnline which gives users the ability to navigate books, journals articles, and state laws through an alphabetical list of topics.  The topic list is extensive, covering almost any subject, and links resources through related topics.  The results lists provide the citation to the resource, a short summary of the content relevant to the selected topic and on what pages to find it, and in most cases a link to view the content.  The database may also be organized chronologically, or searched through various searching options, as in by keyword or title.  The alphabetical subject index allows users to do very specific or very broad research; for example, the topic “equal protection” yields just a few results, “while equal rights” provides nearly one hundred.

To access Subject Compilations of State Laws, go to http://www.law.sc.edu/library/limited_access/ and select HeinOnline.

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, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, theAmerican Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, theCanada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, theEuropean Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library and Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law

This thirty-fourth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

heinonline-logoThe Selden Society, founded in 1887, researches and publishes the history of the law, the development of legal ideas, the legal profession, the courts, judges and lawyers, literature and legal records, and all manner of materials related to English common law and the legal system.  Founded in 1910, the Ames Foundation serves to advance the legal profession by publishing important resources relating to English Law.  Through a partnership with the Selden Society and the Ames Foundation, HeinOnline offers the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, providing access to English and American legal history in an online searchable format.  Many of these documents are available in electronic format exclusively from HeinOnline.

In addition to the Selden Society and Ames Foundation publications, the collection includes many notable resources, including Nicholas Statham’s Abridgement of Cases to the End of Henry VI (1490), Rolle’s Abridgement (1668), Coke’s Institutes (1797 & 1809), Coke’s Reports (1806), and Blackstone’s Commentaries (1765-1769), as well as many other resources from influential authors who helped shape legal thinking and the common law.

This collection is an excellent resource for anyone researching legal history or the development of English law, including English law’s influence on the development of American law.

To access Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, click here and select HeinOnline.

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, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, theAmerican Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, theCanada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, theEuropean Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, and the Law Journal Library.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Law Journal Library

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This thirty-third installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

Welcome to all new students and welcome back to everyone returning this year!

HeinOnline is a great resource for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and explore new areas of the law; and perhaps one of the best ways of doing so is through Hein’s extensive Law Journal Library. This collection is made up of more than 1,800 periodicals and includes ABA publications as well as academic journals. These journals are sorted alphabetically and may be browsed by title, state, country, subject, or number of citations. A quick look at the “S” section will reveal both the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business and the South Carolina Law Review, among others, about halfway down the page.

While coverage of the most current issues may vary amongst the publications, Hein has endeavored to cover each journal from its first issue all the way up to the most recent available. Like Hein’s other collections, this extensive coverage is a valuable tool for anyone researching a particular subject or seeking a particular article; a useful search feature allows the researcher to search for a term on a particular page, in a certain section, or throughout the entire publication.

If the size of the collection seems intimidating, fear not; Hein has provided sub-collections to further narrow one’s search options. These specialized categories display only certain holdings of the Law Journal Library, and include: American Bar Association Journals, Core U.S. Journals, Criminal Justice Journals, International & Non-U.S. Law Journals, and Most-Cited Law Journals. For example, the Most-Cited collection contains only the 30 most-cited journals available in the general collection.

To access the Law Journal Library 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, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, theAmerican Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, the Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of Canada, U.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), and the U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals

This thirty-second installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

heinonline-logoThe U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals collection brings together the official case law of some of the United States’ most important government institutions.  This case law, also commonly known as decision law, is the body of reported opinions that are published by each agency.  Some of the most significant items included in the collection are the Decisions of the National Labor Relations Board (1934-Current), the Federal Communications Commission Record (1986-Current), and the Internal Revenue Cumulative Bulletin (1919-Current).  While agencies are not strictly bound by prior decisions, the decisions do have precedential value, so these decisions constitute an important primary source of the law.

In addition to agency decisions, this collection includes many interesting and useful government documents, including the Annual Energy Outlook, Crime in the United States, and the Budget of the U.S. Government.  These documents, along with the decisions, provide an important resource for attorneys practicing before an agency, anyone studying a particular field in which an agency operates, or anyone studying or researching administrative law and government operations in general.

To access U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, click here and go to HeinOnline.

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, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, theAmerican Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, theCanada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional DocumentsEuropean Centre for Minority Issues, and Foreign Relations of the United States.

Legal News of the Day: 6th Circuit Strikes Down Law Prohibiting Begging

Assorted_United_States_coinsOn Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a Michigan law criminalizing begging is unconstitutional on the basis that such a law would be a violation of free speech rights and upheld a lower court decision holding that Grand Rapids police were wrong to arrest two homeless individuals for asking for change.  According to the court, 399 people were arrested or issued a ticket for begging between 2008 and 2011.  The state’s argument was that it has an interest in preventing fraud, as not all who are begging are actually homeless or use the money to meet basic human needs.

Legal News of the Day: N.C. Governor Signs Voting Reform Bill

voteOn Monday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a new voter ID bill into law. The new law, which was approved by the North Carolina General Assembly in July and will come into effect in 2016, will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at voting polls.  North Carolina is the first state to change its voter ID law after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which held section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional.  Section 4 provided a formula for determining which jurisdictions are covered under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; Section 5 requires those jurisdictions with histories of preventing minority groups from voting have pre-clearance from the Department of Justice before making changes to voting laws.

Various civil rights groups, including the NAACP and ACLU, have already filed lawsuits challenging the law.