HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America: CRS Reports

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting HeinOnline’s new database Gun Regulation and Legislation in America.

This blog post seeks to highlight the CRS Reports feature available on HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America database.  First, a CRS Report comes from the Congressional Research Service and the reports are encyclopedic research reports meant to define issues in a legislative context.  The reports provided on this database pertain primarily to Gun Regulation.

Access to the CRS Reports feature from the home page is indicated by the green box below.

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After selecting CRS Reports, you will be brought to the page shown below.

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From this page, you can then select from various reports, and read about gun regulation related issues. For instance, if you select the seventh option:

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You will be brought to the page shown below.

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Like the last blog post highlighting Supreme Court Briefs, the same interactive features exist for CRS Reports. Such as: the download, print, email, link, and bookmark functions (shown below by the green box); the page selection tool (indicated by a yellow box); the citation tools (indicated by a blue box); and finally the viewing tools (shown by a purple box).

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Should you click the box represented by four squares (located in the purple box shown above), you can select how many pages of the report you would like to view at a time, as demonstrated below:

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As indicated above by the purple box, you can select 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 pages to view at a time.  Currently it is set to view three pages.

Access to HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America: Supreme Court Briefs

This is the second in a four part series blog post spotlighting HeinOnline’s new database Gun Regulation and Legislation in America.

This blog post seeks to spotlight the Supreme Court Briefs feature on the Gun Regulation and Legislation in America Database.  This feature is especially nifty because it allows you to explore a variety of briefs submitted to the Supreme Court with a focus on gun regulation.

Below, the green box indicates what to select from the home page.

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After selecting Supreme Court Briefs, you will be brought to the page shown below.

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From this page, you can then select from various briefs, and read about gun regulation related issues before the Supreme Court.  For instance, if you select the third option:

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You can see that this particular brief was submitted to the Supreme Court appealing a 4th Circuit decision. The functions above the brief allow you to download the brief as a pdf, print, email the brief to yourself, link the brief in a hyperlink, or bookmark or save the brief in your HeinOnline searches.

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The green box, depicted below, shows where you can skip to a particular page, should you need to.

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On the left hand side of the page is a button labled “cite”.  As depicted below, if you click the “cite” button, a box will appear, giving you the option to either cite to this brief or pinpoint cite.  The citations are provided in a variety of formats including bluebook.

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Access to HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting HeinOnline’s database Gun Regulation and Legislation in America.

HeinOnline has provided this database as a platform for research and to promote civil discourse on the myriad issues related to gun regulation. Their goal is to help facilitate productive discussions and help to bring all sides of this argument together to effect positive change and prevent more senseless loss of life, in the wake of several of the most deadly mass shootings in United States history.

Below is a view of the home page.

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This database provides various sources relating to Gun Regulation and Legislation including: periodicals, legislative history, CRS reports, congressional hearing reports, Supreme Court briefs, scholarly articles, and external links for further research.

Below, the green boxes indicate where these sources can be located from the home page.

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Access to HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

SCOTUS Online Tools: CQ Supreme Court Collection

This is the fourth in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The fourth tool that will be highlighted is CQ Supreme Court Collection.  This tool is a website that monitors, records, and keeps track of recent Supreme Court cases, the Supreme Court Justices, and current news regarding the Supreme Court. This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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The “Cases” feature allows you to browse cases by Justice, case name, date range, or even by key words within a case.

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The “Justices” tab allows you to search Justices based on their name, term, or opinions they authored.

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The “Analyze Data” tool allows users to compare and analyze Justice Roles, Opinion Alignment, Opinion Writing, and Voting Bloc Analysis.

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Finally, “The Court Explained” breaks down key aspects of the Supreme Court’s role and the Constitution.

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Check out CQ Supreme Court Collection to explore some fun features that will assist in learning more and staying up-to-date about current Supreme Court cases.

SCOTUS Online Tools: Oyez.org

This is the third in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The third tool that will be highlighted is Oyez.org.  This tool is a website that monitors, records, and keeps track of recent Supreme Court cases, the Supreme Court Justices, and current news regarding the Supreme Court. This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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There are four navigation options from the homepage.  The first, “Cases” will take you to current Supreme Court cases during the present and past terms.

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You can also view cases by issue instead of term, and the term can be changed.  Oyez, provides access for cases back to 1789.

Next, you can navigate to “Justices”. Here you can read about each Justice that has ever served on the Supreme Court.

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The “Tour” feature allows you to take a virtual tour of the Supreme Court.

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Finally, clicking “News” will navigate you to “ISCOTUS Now” a blog-news site managed and maintained by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Check out Oyez.org to read Supreme Court cases old and new, find out all the Supreme Court Justices since the court’s inception, take a tour of the Supreme Court without spending a dime and finally learn about what’s happening besides cases in the world of the Supreme Court!

SCOTUS Online Tools: The Supreme Court Mapping Project

This is the second in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The second tool that will be highlighted is the Supreme Court Mapping Project.  This tool is a project run by the University of Baltimore School of Law and  “is an ongoing and collaborative research venture that uses original software technology to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship about Supreme Court doctrine.” This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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This tool includes many useful features. Of note is the “Online Mapping Tool”, shown below, this tool allows users to create their own “network” of Supreme Court jurisprudence to see the relation between different cases and doctrines on a convenient timeline.

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The next tool included from the homepage is the “4th Amendment Atlas”, this tool provides a compilation of maps that trace various doctrines relating to the fourth amendment.  With this tool, there is no need to create a network, as that work has already been done for you.  See below for more details.

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The 2015 and 2014 Term cases provide network resources for cases decided during this period. Finally, this site provides access to various other pre-made networks and is a handy tool when researching specific topics or Supreme Court cases as it gives a holistic view and literally a map of the progress and connections across various dates, topics, and cases.

SCOTUS Online Tools: @Big_Cases

This is the first in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The first tool that will be highlighted is a Twitter feed: @Big_Cases.  This tool is a big cases bot that gives “real time updates on the latest filings in major cases in U.S. district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.” This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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This tool includes hyperlinks to articles, lists, and actual filings.  Users can also see what is happening within the feed by clicking on “Tweets & replies”. Below is the result when a user clicks “Tweets & replies” from the homepage.

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Finally, by clicking “Media”, users are able to directly see tweets relating purely to filing.  Here, users can also click on the filings to be redirected to the full document.

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Be sure to click “follow” at the top right hand corner to stay up-to-date on all current issues and cases before the Supreme Court!