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, sometimes spelled Hein Online
, is an internet service launched in 2000 that is a source of legal information, much like Westlaw
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. Like those services, use of HeinOnline requires a subscription, although most law schools provide access to students for free. It is published by William S. Hein & Co.
There are three major distinctions between this service and other such services in terms of the scope and type of materials offered.
- HeinOnline provides a narrower scope of materials, excluding newspaper
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reports, as well as most federal and all state case law and most administrative material.
- With respect to law reviews, HeinOnline is far more comprehensive, with material that in some cases stretches back to the mid-19th century.
- HeinOnline's materials are available only as PDF
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files, digitized scans of the original journal pages. While HeinOnline does not offer a keyword search per se, it does have a full-text OCR
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The service delivers:
- Law Journal Library
- American Bar Association Journal (1915–1983)
- Core U.S./Most Cited Law Journals
- Criminal Justice Journals
- International & Non-U.S. Law Journals
- Intellectual Property Library
- Most-Cited Law Journals
- American Law Institute Library
- Code of Federal Regulations
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- English Reports
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, full reprint (1220-1865)
- European Center for Minority Issues
- Federal Register
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- Foreign & International Law Resources Database
- Legal Classics
- New York Court of Appeals Records and Briefs
- Philip C. Jessup Library
- Session Laws
- Treaties and Agreements Library
- United States Code
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- United Nations Law Collection
- U.S. Attorney General Opinions
- U.S. Congressional Documents
- U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
- U.S. Presidential Library
- U.S. Statutes at Large
- U.S. Supreme Court Library
- World Trials