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Great Resources: HeinOnline – U.S. Statutes at Large

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

heinonline-logoThe United States Statutes at Large is the official source for laws and resolutions passed by Congress.  Originally published by Little, Brown and Company beginning in 1845, responsibility for publication was transferred to the Government Printing Office in 1874.  HeinOnline now offers access to the entire archive of the United States Statutes at Large, dating back to 1789.   Every law, public and private, ever enacted by Congress is included in the U.S. Statutes at large, including all treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate prior to 1948. Also included is the Declaration of IndependenceArticles of Confederation, the Constitution, amendments to the Constitution, Indian and international treaties, and presidential proclamations.

Researchers can browse by volume, popular name, or public law number, as well as browse within Indian or international treaties.  The collection features a convenient Citation Navigator to help find documents easily.  The collection also includes several helpful compilations, including compilations of early federal codes, as well as titles compiled by subject, to help the researcher find subject-specific documents without having to search the entire collection.

To access U.S. Statutes at Large, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of these other helpful resources: Congress and the CourtsHistory of Supreme Court NominationsSession Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical ArchiveU.S. International Trade LibraryChildren’s Law Journal,  Intellectual Property Law Collection,  State Attorney General Reports and OpinionsAmerican Indian Law CollectionWorld Constitutions IllustratedTaxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and IIU.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish ReportsWorld Trials LibraryU.S. Supreme Court LibraryFederal Register LibraryForeign & International Law Resources DatabaseNational Moot Court CompetitionAmerican Law Institute LibraryHistory of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part IIIStatutes of the RealmLegal Classics LibraryHistory of International LawU.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Library, Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional DocumentsEuropean Centre for Minority IssuesForeign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & AppealsLaw Journal LibrarySelden Society Publications and The History of Early English LawSubject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference ShelfHarvard Journal of Law & TechnologyPhilip C. Jessup LibraryNational Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State LawsHarvard Research in International Law International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the FamilyAssociation of American Law Libraries (AALL)Association of American Law Schools (AALS)United States CodeManual of Patent Examining ProcedureBar JournalsCode of Federal Regulations,United Nations Law CollectionCataloging Online, and Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Publications.

Google Helps Build and Share World Constitutions

Google has added one more tool to its internet search arsenal: access to world constitutions. Constitute is a part of the Comparative Constitutions Project, a joint effort between University College London, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago, and powered by Google Ideas. Constitute allows constitution scholars, drafters, or just curious world citizens to explore and compare constitutions from all over the world all for free. Users can view constitutions by country or year, by topic, or run a search for keywords. Constitute makes for a great addition to constitutional research resources.

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