Every law student is familiar with Westlaw and LexisNexis, however, Gould Law Library has access to so many other databases that are excellent resources for legal research and scholarship. In an attempt to familiarize more people with these databases, the following article is the first in a series of posts that will profile these databases.
A database many law students are already acquainted with is HeinOnline. HeinOnline contains a tremendous assortment of law journals, government documents and historical legal documents. It is a great resource for legal research and analysis, as well as for compiling legislative histories. I recently discovered HeinOnline’s Channel on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/user/HeinOnline08.
Both beginners and experts will appreciate this website. Visitors can view more than 30 “how to” videos that will help them navigate HeinOnline and utilize all of the resources this database has to offer. For beginners, there are videos entitled “Quick Start Guide to HeinOnline” and “How to Find an Article in the Law Journal Library.” For advanced researchers there are videos entitled “Subject Compilations of State Laws” and “Cross-Library Searching for Legislative Histories.” This website also has videos detailing recent changes and enhancements to HeinOnline, such as, “Faceted Searching Available in the Law Journal Library” and “Browsing Legislative Histories by Public Law Number or Popular Name.”
Also, check out the HeinOnline wiki at http://heinonline.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page, which includes quick reference guides, training videos and FAQs.
In the next installment of this series, I will be profiling Loislaw.