Two of the biggest names in the legal database and publishing world recently announced that they would be partnering up to expand the scope of services that they offer to their customers. Hein Online and Fastcase will allow each other to integrate services that will enhance the experience that users will receive. The integrated libraries will be available at the end of the Summer.
Hein Online will now offer federal and state law that will be connected via inline hyperlinks that will be powered by Fastcase. Authority Check, a citation analysis tool that was developed by Fastcase will also be available to Hein Online subscribers. One element of Authority Check that may be heavily utilized is the "Bad Law Bot", which will allow Hein Online users to identify negative citation history. These additions all come to Hein Online subscribers at no addtional cost.
Fastcase users will gain access to a wide range of Hein Online's library, ranging from Session Laws to Hein's extensive Law Journal Library. Hein's large collection of Law journals (more than 1,800 unique journals) is the first secondary material that has been added into the Fastcase Legal Research Service. Fastcase users will be able to view Hein's search results and abstracts for free, and will have subscription options for viewing full articles.
Overall, this collaboration will be a great boon to researchers using either service. Hein is enhanced with greater primary law and citation analysis, while Fastcase gains one of the greatest collections of Law Journals that have been assembled. For more information, check out the joint press release from Fastcase and Hein Online that was released today.