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Hein Online offers full text PDF images of legal periodical articles, court reports, federal and state statutes, federal administrative regulations, presidential documents, classic treatises, and more. For more information about some of the specific collections and to link directly to a collection, see below:
- American Law Institute Library: Includes superseded Restatements, Codifications, Proceedings, Reports and other Special Publications, The Statement of Essential Human Rights Archive, and ALI-ABA periodicals.
- Federal Register Library: Federal Register coverage extends back to 1936 and is updated daily. Code of Federal Regulations coverage extends back to 1938. Also includes Federal Register Indices, CFR List of Sections Affected, the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents and the United States Government Manual. For help see the Federal Register Library Quick Reference Guide (.pdf)and the Code of Federal Regulations Quick Reference Guide (.pdf).
- English Reports Full Reprint: Over 100,000 early English cases dating from 1220 through 1867. Also includes Statutes of the Realm (1235-1713).
- Intellectual Property Law Collection: Includes nearly 2 million pages of legislative histories, treaties, classics, documents, and other materials focusing on copyrights, patents and trademarks in the United States.
- Legal Classics Library: 1,400 rare and classic works with an emphasis on constitutional law, political science, and other classic topics. The collection can be browsed by title, author or subject.
- National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (Archive Publications): Topic-specific collection of discussion drafts, proceedings and final Codes and Acts. Also includes the Handbook and Proceedings of the annual meeting.
- Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law: important historical documents and primary source materials including digests, dictionaries, yearbooks, and encyclopedias, as well as links to law review articles on early English history.
- Session Laws Library: Session laws of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, the D.C. Register, and the Session Laws of the U.S. Federal Government. Coverage currently varies but the intent is to eventually cover all states and jurisdictions back to inception. The Acts of Parliament of Canada and of Australia are also included.
- United States Code: page images of the original bound volumes from the 1925 through the 2006 editions. Browsable by Edition or Title and can be searched by citation to the Title level. For help see the U.S. Code Quick Reference Guide (.pdf).
- U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals: reported decisions of Federal agencies, including Decisions of the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Communications Commission Record, and the Internal Revenue Cumulative Bulletin. Also included are best-selling legal titles from the GPO such as the Statistical Abstract of the United States.
- U.S. Federal Legislative History Library: Comprised of the Sources of Compiled Legislative History Database, the U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection and the Legislative Reference Checklist. Searchable by bill number, public law number, popular name, and other parameters.
- U.S. Statutes at Large: every public and private law enacted by Congress, searchable by public law number, resolution number, tribe, nation, title, author or date. Can be browsed by volume, popular name and other parameters. Also includes Revised Statutes of the United States and other related material.
- U.S. Supreme Court Library: includes court rules, U.S. Reports, Preliminary Prints and Slip Opinions, and a selection of full text books on the Court.
- World Trials Library: trial transcripts, court documents and trial-related materials, including monographs, from works such as American State Trials, Howell's State Trials, and reports of trials of war criminals.
- HeinOnline Searching Quick Reference Guide (.pdf)
- Advanced Search Syntax (.pdf).
- Searching 101 (.pdf) describes how Hein's databases are structured and the impact this has on creating searches.