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HeinOnline: A Wealth of Legal Information at Your Finger Tips! Part III

Posted by Library Blog on 03/30/2012 at 11:18 AM

The William S. Hein & Co., Inc. was an early leader in microfilming official federal government publications from their inception.  These publications consisted of primary legal authority such as cases, statutes and agency regulations.  Fortunately for the researcher, many of these publications are now easily accessible via HeinOnline

If you are looking for a statute passed by Congress, you can find it as it was enacted during the Congressional session in the U.S. Statutes at Large library.  There are options to browse by the statute’s popular name or its Public Law number.  You can also find the statute as codified in the U.S. Code library.  There is complete coverage of the U.S. Code dating back to 1925 – 1926.   To locate debate in the House or Senate about a statute, check out the U.S. Congressional Documents library to find floor debate published in the Congressional Record or one of its three predecessor titles.  Coverage of floor debate dates back to 1798!

In the U.S. Supreme Court Library are U.S. Supreme Court cases published in the official U.S. Reports as well as books and periodicals related to the Supreme Court.

If you are researching a federal agency’s rules or even its proposed ones, the Federal Register Library offers access to the daily Federal Register issues and the annual Code of Federal Regulations (also in its own separate HeinOnline library)If you need to locate an agency’s decision that is unavailable online, try searching the U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals library.

The U.S. Presidential Library is a treasure trove of Presidential signing statements, Executive Orders, State of the Union and Inaugural addresses, and speeches. If you like Presidential history, there are numerous publications to satisfy!