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September 5, 2019

WSLL @ Your Service September 2019

The September issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. Your comments are welcome! Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler.


In this issue: 

Read it online with your library card 

Did you know you can access HeinOnline, LLMC Digital, and Index to Legal Periodicals outside one of our libraries, for free? You just need our library card.

Leave Your Card at Home

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and while we love our library cards, it's not always convenient to carry them around. You can take a photo of your card and store it in your phone for easy access.

New Books

Our featured titles this month are What Are My Rights? Q & A About Teens and the Law and Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. Our September new book list is also included.

Tech Tip 

Link rot. It's an apt name for a serious and annoying problem. Link rot is when an online link no longer leads to the information being cited.

Library News 

Read library staff news, find opportunities to listen to us speak, and see a list of upcoming CLE class opportunities.

September Snapshot 

Julie Robinson gave a lunchtime presentation to Sauk County Bar Association members in picturesque Baraboo. Afterwards, she stopped by the next-door Circus World for some photos.

Read the September issue of WSLL @ Your Service now!

August 1, 2019

WSLL @ Your Service August 2019

The August issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. Your comments are welcome! Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler.

In this issue:

Welcome to the library

August is the month of back to school sales and the last of family vacations, but for the Library it's time to welcome new users. Read more


Wisconsin briefs database

The Wisconsin Briefs Database houses more than 100,000 appellate briefs and appendices filed in cases that were decided from around 1992-2009. Read more


New books

Our two featured titles this month are Marital Property Law & Practice in Wisconsin, and Science Bench Book for Judges. Our August new book list featuring all our new and updated titles is also available. Read more

Tech tip

Get tips for filtering email by registering your own domain name and then adding email services to the hosting package. Read more


Library news

Learn about August classes, librarian speaking events, the Labor Day holiday, and read an AALL conference report. Read more


August snapshot

We are grateful to Ismael Ozanne, Dane County District Attorney, for setting aside time in July to talk to our library staff and answer questions about the District Attorney's office and criminal procedure. Read more

July 22, 2019

Databases in our libraries

Public computers at our libraries provide access to many subscription-based and free research sources. We often talk about what you can search by signing in with your library card. While you can get to a lot of information from anywhere with a Wisconsin State Law Library card, other sources are only available in the library.

Westlaw is available at all three libraries. The library's subscription to Westlaw includes primary law databases (case law, statutes, codes) at the Wisconsin and federal level plus all 50 states. In addition, users can access law reviews, forms, and several treatises. KeyCite, a citation verification tool, is also included. Wireless users at the  David T. Prosser Jr. Library can also access Westlaw from their own devices.
Lexis Advance is available at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library. The library's subscription to Lexis Advance includes primary law databases (case law, statutes, codes) at the Wisconsin and federal level plus all 50 states. In addition, users can search popular treatises and Shepardize citations.
While we have an extensive collection of Wisconsin Jury Instructions, past and present, you can also search or browse these through FastCase on our public computers. The FastCase archive of Wisconsin's jury instructions goes back to 2015.

Do you have a question about local government? Liquor licenses? Zoning powers? The “Legal Opinions” database from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities may have the answer. This CD-ROM includes almost three decades of legal analysis as well as League manuals on assessments, annexation, meeting conduct, and more. This resource is available at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library.
The OED is a well-established source on the meaning and history of words in the English language. This resource is updated quarterly and is available in all three libraries. The library also has a print copy of the most recent edition available at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library.
The National Consumer Law Center library features full access to 20 treatises on consumer law. Popular titles include Consumer Class Actions; Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice; Credit Discrimination; Fair Credit Reporting; and Student Loan Law. Many of these are in print in our library, but can be easily keyword searched through this database.
Search BNA Bloomberg law books, do docket searching, and use Bloomberg Law's legal research and business intelligence tools to find what you need. This resource is available at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library.
This website provides access to Wisconsin State Bar online PINNACLE books collection and forms. You can easily keyword search books here, and access the downloadable forms for our print copies (which used to be issued on CD). Ask a librarian to sign you in.

July 19, 2019

All libraries closed on July 19

Due to a downtown Madison power outage, all three of our library locations - the David T. Prosser Jr. Library, Dane County Law Library, and Milwaukee County Law Library - are closed on Friday, July 19. Watch our blog, our website, or our Facebook page for updates.

There is no After Hours use currently. Please call the library on Monday for an update.

Send questions and requests to us by email or leave a voicemail at 608-267-9696. We will respond to questions on Monday, July 22.

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