This database began with comprehensive coverage of the Congressional Record, which is the official record of proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress, and its predecessor versions. Over the years, it morphed into a powerhouse for congressional research. The database also includes:
Hundreds of hearings, CRS reports, and committee prints will continue to be added to the database monthly, with an ultimate goal of comprehensive coverage. To help users find Congressional Record pages between the Daily and Bound editions, HeinOnline developers created the Daily to Bound Locator tool, which is available both from within the citation navigator and the collection homepage.
For those who can't get enough of congressional research, HeinOnline offers Congress and the Courts, a database once centered around Bill Manz's Congress and the Courts: A Legislative History 1787-2010 but which has now grown to include a host of additional materials, including federal rules, Federal Judicial Center publications, periodicals, CFR Title 28, U.S. Code Titles 18 and 28 and more.
The Federal Register is the daily newspaper of the federal government. It contains federal agency regulations, proposed and final rules, public notices, executive orders and proclamations, and other presidential documents. The Federal Register database in HeinOnline is updated daily, its coverage is comprehensive and begins from inception (1936), and it also includes the Code of Federal Regulations from inception (1938), Official US Bulletin (1917-1919), United States Government Manual from inception (1935), and the Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents from inception (1965). Use the citation navigator from the collection homepage to quickly retrieve a citation, use the search bar to look for material on a particular subject, or browse Federal Register content by volume and issue. Issues from 1995 to date are indexed to the section level, and HeinOnline also links back to the government's high-resolution archival version of the Federal Register when available.
Each year, the general and permanent rules from the Federal Register are codified by subject into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). HeinOnline's coverage of the CFR is comprehensive and simple to search; or browse the content by years, titles, or bindings. Two citation locators and a CFR Sections Affected Locator are available on the collection homepage, as well as links to complementary publications like the CFR Indexes and Finding Aids, List of Sections Affected, and Compilations of Sections Affected.
The U.S. Statutes at Large is the official record of all laws enacted during a session of Congress. In addition to public laws, the publication contains concurrent resolutions, reorganization plans, constitutional amendments, Native American treaties and other treaties* published prior to 1948, and presidential proclamations. HeinOnline's coverage is comprehensive, and the database includes other works related to United States statutes and early federal codes and statute compilations. Use the citation navigator to retrieve specific citations or to find a law by public law number.
*The U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library contains ALL treaties to which the United States is a party, whether the treaty is in force, expired, or not yet officially published.
The U.S. Code is to the U.S. Statutes at Large as the Code of Federal Regulations is to the Federal Register: it consolidates and codifies the general and permanent laws of the United States which are published in chronological order in the U.S. Statutes at Large. The U.S. Code is revised every six years and supplemented annually. HeinOnline's coverage runs from inception to current, and the U.S. Code database features a citation navigator, access to early federal codes and statute compilations, other related works, and external links to other versions of the code.
What happens when the language in a public law enacted by the government is ambiguous, or if legislative intent needs to be clarified? In many cases, legal experts and scholars, librarians, lawyers, professors, and other hard-core researchers have compiled legislative histories on hundreds of public laws. These compilations typically include the text of the final public law, various bill versions, and supporting documents such as congressional hearings. In addition, the collection contains more than 5,000 House reports and more than 5,000 Senate reports! HeinOnline contains more than 2,400 compiled federal legislative histories. Sources of these publications include the Government Printing Office (GPO), Covington and Burling, Arnold and Porter, Kirkland and Ellis, and Hein's own compilations put together by legendary legal figures like Bernie Reams and Bill Manz. All major public laws are covered, and as in other HeinOnline databases, searching topically or for a specific document is straightforward.
In addition to the incredible scope of content, Nancy Johnson's award-winning book, Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories, was converted into a database and is available in the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library. Using this resource, researchers can access bibliographic records for many public laws which contain publication information for compiled legislative histories, journal articles, and books written on that specific public law. Any material available in HeinOnline is hyperlinked for quick access.
The U.S. Supreme Court is all the rage these days, and HeinOnline contains the full set of the United States Reports, which is the official source for U.S. Supreme Court case law. Since the GPO tends to be a few years behind in publishing the official volumes, this database also includes the United States Reports Preliminary Prints and the United States Reports Slip Opinions to current. Find a case by title using the advanced search tool, or use the citation navigator to retrieve the case by its citation.
If the case you need isn't from the U.S. Supreme court, enter the citation using the case law tab, which is the fourth option on the main search bar. This will pull the case in from Fastcase, with whom HeinOnline has partnered to bring all HeinOnline core subscribers tons of additional case law at no extra charge.
The Supreme Court is nothing without its justices, so be sure to check out the History of Supreme Court Nominations database, which contains the popular set titled Supreme Court of the U.S. Hearings and Reports on Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee. This database provides the ability to browse this set by justice and also features scholarly articles written by or about each justice.
HeinOnline has also partnered with the American Bar Association to bring exclusive online access to Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, which provides expert analyses of all cases given plenary review by the Supreme Court in advance of oral arguments.
This database contains more than 7.3 million pages and nearly 10,000 volumes of reports, decisions, and records from various federal agencies. It is a complete collection of the official case law of some of the United States' most important U.S. Federal agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and many more. It also includes more than 65 GPO best-selling legal titles. Browse the collection by agency or title or use the search bar to research by topic.
For history buffs, this database is a dream come true. It includes the Messages and Papers of the Presidents (1789-1973), complete coverage of the Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1965-date), Public Papers of the Presidents (1931-date) and a wealth of books on various United States presidents. CFR Title 3 (The President) is integrated into the database for a comprehensive and VERY presidential research experience.