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Case Law Integrated into HeinOnline

 

William S. Hein & Co., Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership with Fastcase, a leading next-generation legal research service that features powerful “best-case-first” tools that make research faster than ever. This partnership allows Hein to provide federal and state case law powered by Fastcase to HeinOnline via inline hyperlinks, along with the option to retrieve case law by citation.

 

What is Fastcase?

As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Fastcase provides federal and state case law in an HTML format which can be downloaded to a PDF or printed.

Case Law Coverage

The federal case coverage includes the judicial opinions of the Supreme Court (1754–present), Federal Circuits (1924–present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1–47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1–59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1–70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996–present), Federal District Courts (1924–present), and Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1B.R. 1–present). The state case law covers all fifty states, with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800s. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950.

 

Link to Case Law from Publications in HeinOnline
Like Hein’s ScholarCheck feature, when viewing a document in HeinOnline, the references will now link to the cases in addition to other types of documents cited in HeinOnline. When an article cites a case, the case citation will be highlighted in blue. The blue highlighted case citations link to the case in either HeinOnline or Fastcase.

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When will you see Fastcase content?
HeinOnline case law includes early editions of the Federal Reporter (1891–1922) and U.S. Supreme Court Reports. Whenever possible, they will link you to case law in HeinOnline. When the case law is not included in HeinOnline, they will link you to the case powered by Fastcase while staying on the HeinOnline server. Thus, you will not need to adjust any authentications or proxy settings, but you will notice a slight change in format. Where HeinOnline provides the exact page replications of the original document, Fastcase provides a reformatted, plain text version

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Retrieve Case Law By Citation in HeinOnline
You will now see a Fastcase tab when using HeinOnline. Use this tab to retrieve case law by Bluebook citation. From this tab you will see a citation search box which will allow you to copy and paste a case law citation directly into the search box. In addition, they also provide a Direct Citation option which will allow you to type in the volume, use a drop-down menu for the case abbreviation and enter the page number to find your citation. Both options will retrieve the full text of the case in Fastcase’s HTML format.

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Parallel Citations
Cases or judicial opinions can be published by more than one publisher.  When this occurs, the case name may be followed by one or more parallel citations. The official reporter is provided by the publisher with which the court has contracted to publish the reports; any other citation is called “unofficial.” It is acceptable to cite either the official or unofficial versions as the text of the opinions will be the same. The unofficial may contain additional editorial features which differ from the official. Fastcase relies on the use of official and unofficial publications in order to provide the full text and provides parallel citations where available. 

 

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