HeinOnline completes the Congressional Record and continues to grow its collection of Government Documents!

HeinOnline announced in June it’s completion of the entire back file of the Congressional Record, making us the first and only online database to contain the complete Congressional Record Bound Volumes! Our efforts to close that gap were only part of our ongoing initiative to further advance the material available in our collection of Government Documents. We also recently announced our plans to fill the gap in the CFR, http://heinonline.blogspot.com/2008/08/were-filling-gap-in-cfr-in-heinonline.html. While HeinOnline is known for making the titles in our Law Journal collection available from inception, we are growing to become a valuable resource for many legal research needs including the need to search across various federal government documents.

Galen Fletcher, Faculty Services Librarian at Brigham Young University recently published an article in Jurisdocs, which is published three times a year in the Government Documents Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, describing the various government documents that HeinOnline has to offer. Galen Fletcher’s article titled "Federal Government Documents in HeinOnline," Jurisdocs, vol. 30, no. 1, spring 2008, pp. 5-11, is available at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/gd/jurisdocs/jurisdocs3001.pdf, and goes into great detail about HeinOnline’s GPO-originated content including federal statutes, federal regulations, the Congressional Record, U.S. Reports and much more!

Fletcher’s article makes a great tool and a great resource for academic law librarians or any other users that do a lot of research with Government Documents. Distribute it to new staff members who are not familiar with the resources available in HeinOnline, hand it out to new students during orientation, or even hand it out to staff or students who attend seminars or training sessions on electronic resources available in the library.

For more information about the article, view the abstract available on Howard W. Hunter Law Library’s blog.

So, what’s still in store in the Government Documents arena for HeinOnline? While a date for release is still yet to be determined, HeinOnline is committed to bringing the U.S. Code to its users in an online, searchable format. Stay tuned for more information about this future initiative!

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