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July 9, 2018

Using alerts to keep up with new journals

HeinOnline is a favorite of many of our cardholders due to its large collection of full text journal articles. To make reading articles online even easier, HeinOnline offers a journal alert service, which will email you every time the journals you select have added a new issue. The emails include a summary of the table of contents of the latest issue added to HeinOnline.


Watch HeinOnline's training video (below) for a quick tutorial. You'll need to create your own myHein account in order to get automatic email updates when a new issue has been added to HeinOnline. Creating your own HeinOnline account (which is done AFTER you log in with your library card) is easy!


Follow these steps to set up a MyHein account and create your first journal alert

  1. Log in to HeinOnline with your library card (see our tutorial).
  2. Library computer users are logged in automatically – no card required
  3. Choose the "MyHein" link at the top
  4. Select the "Create an Account" link from the menu
  5. Make up a username, password, and fill in the rest of your information, including the email address to which you would like alerts sent.
  6. Now that you've created a MyHein account, follow these steps from HeinOnline to create and manage your journal alerts.
  7. To manage your MyHein account in the future, first login to HeinOnline using your library card number, then login to your individual MyHein account.

Embargo periods

Some journal publishers include embargo periods for their publications in HeinOnline. While the journal articles may be indexed (a summary and other information is searchable), the full text won't be available for a set period of time. When you are setting up a journal alert, you can check whether there is an embargo period, and how long it is, by checking the information link for the journal. Learn how to check a journal's publishing information in HeinOnline's quick guide.

Ask a librarian

We know that keeping up with the features in research databases can be difficult. Ask a librarian if you need help using HeinOnline, or learning more about the features you can use with a myHein account.

July 2, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service July 2018

The July issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler.

In this issue:

Researching Municipal Boundaries
The State of Wisconsin preserves legal documents on the evolution of municipal boundaries. Most of these documents are found in the Municipal Data System. Read more


New Books

Our featured new resources this month are How to Draft Bills Clients Rush to Pay and Law of Asylum in the United States. Check our new book list for more new titles. Read more


Tech Tip

One way to avoid seeing most ads is to install a blocker extension or add-on to your web browser. Read more


Library News

Upcoming library events and news. Read more


July Snapshot

Did you know you can see several Bucky statutes near our Madison libraries? Bucky on Parade is a local art event featuring 85 individually decorated Bucky Badger statutes throughout Dane County. Read more

June 29, 2018

Time for (some) fireworks!

As the Fourth of July approaches, the Wisconsin Attorney General's office has released their annual reminder about fireworks laws

Wisconsin Statute 167.10 addresses the regulation of fireworks in Wisconsin and lists various firework-related devices that aren't regulated, such as sparklers or toy snakes. Anyone looking for a concise summary of fireworks laws should look at the WI Dept. of Justice's summary of Wisconsin Fireworks Law (2014), which is geared towards law enforcement. This guide includes a list of items that are generally legal in Wisconsin without a permit, as well as those that are illegal without a permit throughout Wisconsin.

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It's important to note that further restrictions and enforcement rest with local authorities, so be sure to check local ordinances. Permits are generally issued by local authorities (i.e. the mayor or person designated by the mayor). The press release also covers examples of laws and practices you might see for local fireworks regulation.

June 28, 2018

Libraries Closed on July 4th

Our three library locations will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th for the Fourth of July state holiday. We will respond to questions and requests on Thursday, July 5th. To ask a question while we are closed, you can call us at (608) 267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

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