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HeinOnline: Legal materials from the colonies forward

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VCU Libraries subscribes to HeinOnline, a searchable image-based database of legal research materials. What makes acquisition of this database exciting is its depth and its application to so many different disciplines and areas of study. While HeinOnline is an excellent resource for researchers looking for articles on legal issues of any kind, the collections have applicability to anyone studying history, political science, public policy and administration, homeland security, criminal justice, international relations, or any topic which involves those subjects.

At the heart of the database is the law journal collection which includes more than 2,000 publications, each provided from its first issue to the latest, subject to moving-wall restrictions. The historical collection of state statutes provides superseded statutes for all 50 states, some dating as far back as 1717.

The same “from inception” coverage, with various cut-off dates, applies to the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Reports, and many other collections. Having older versions of laws and regulations is of great benefit for those researching the evolution of statutory and regulatory coverage of certain topics.

A few examples will provide an indication of how deep the collections are. The U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library contains not only all U.S. treaties, but also books and other texts such as Great European Treaties of the Nineteenth Century (1918), History of the Five Indian Nations of Canada (1755), and treaty guides and indexes such as Hertslet’s Commercial Treaties: A Complete Collection (Vols. 1-31). Foreign Relations of the United States covers every administration from Lincoln through Carter and also includes historical texts such as Trescot’s Diplomatic History of the Administration of Washington and Adams (1857) among many others. The U.S. Congressional Documents collection includes the Congressional Record (and its predecessors) from the 1st Congress to current, as well as Congressional Budget Office documents from 1976 to present, and what appears to be all of the unclassified Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. Finally,the Session Laws collection for Virginia covers 1661-2013, thus extending our access significantly backward from December, 1861, the date of the first print volume in our collection.

Each page of every document has a permanent link. Click on the link icon to display the permanent link that can then be placed anywhere.

Citations for journal articles only may be exported to RefWorks; instructions are linked from the RefWorks guide. The combination of WestlawNext and HeinOnline provides access to legal, regulatory, and Congressional information from colonial times to the present day.

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By Marilyn Scott, education research librarian

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Emerging Leaders Program: Leadership education

Emerging Leaders Program

Leadership education is fast becoming an area of focus at VCU. Opportunities abound for those interested in leadership education. The newly established Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is for students in the Honors College while the VCU Leaders Engaging in Advanced Discovery (LEAD) program places sophomores and higher-level students in a two-year immersive leadership curriculum in addition to their chosen field of study.

At the graduate level, the M.Ed. /M.B.A. Dual Degree Program in the Center for Sports Leadership includes curriculum that, while not specifically targeted on leadership education, delves into the subject matter of leadership research. One example is the course Organizational Leadership and Project Team Management (MGMT 541). Students engaged in research for this class would need access to leadership education resources. In addition, a leadership-focused Ph.D. program is in the approval process. This new program will provide mid-level executives with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to excel in the formulation and implementation of policy as leaders in public, private and non-profit sector organizations.

Along with these programs, VCU offers 15 new courses in leadership education. Seven are in undergraduate programs and eight are in the proposed doctoral progam.

To support this new emphasis on leadership education at VCU at all academic levels, VCU Libraries is now building a “Collection of Distinction for Leadership Education.” From Warren Bennis to Peter Senge, from Ronald Heifetz to Margaret Wheatley, the collection brims with works by leaders in the field.

“This collection will include the seminal literature of leadership education including journals, books and ebooks,” says Pattie Sobczak. As the Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian, she is responsible for organizing the collection and making decisions and purchases. Since leadership crosses all disciplines, this collection will support leadership education at all levels of scholarship and across the spectrum of disciplines.

Have suggestions or questions for Dr. Sobczak as she works on the collection? Contact her at or (804) 828-2729.

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