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June 30, 2010

Libraries Closed: July 5th

The Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, and Dane County Legal Resource Center will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

To submit a question to the Wisconsin State Law Library while we are closed, you may call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online. We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, July 6th.

June 28, 2010

WSLL Recommends: Compilation on Health Care Reform

A new addition to our collection, Health Care Reform Special Alert delivers an analysis of the recent Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Reconciliation Act of 2010. Accompanying this analysis are issue-focused white papers on hospitals, employee benefit plans, fraud and abuse, taxation, and more. Use this as a quick reference to the US Code with its "sections affected" table, or refer to the compiled US Code sections spanning the two volumes. A comprehensive subject index rounds out this new resource.

June 21, 2010

Upcoming Class: Westlaw at WSLL

Last week we talked about the free Westlaw access on public computers in the Wisconsin State Law Library and Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, provided by the library subscription to Westlaw Public Access.

In order to help you learn to make the most of this valuable resource, we are offering a second helping of our free class, Westlaw @ WSLL, in August.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library
Register Online or Print Registration Form
Come learn about FREE Westlaw available at the Wisconsin State Law Library! This class will showcase Westlaw Patron Access, a Westlaw service offered on the library’s public access computers. This service includes free searching of state and federal primary law - cases, statutes, codes and legislation. Library patrons also have access to KeyCite, online forms and treatises, such as McQuillin: The Law of Municipal Corporations; Norton Bankrtupcy Law and Practice, 2d; Fletchers Cyclopedia of the Law of Private Corporations and much more. This class will offer useful tips on effective searching in both Boolean and Natural Language modes.

All WI State Law Library classes are held at the Wisconsin State Law Library, 120 MLK Jr. Blvd., 2nd floor, in downtown Madison.

June 14, 2010

Free Westlaw at WSLL

Did you know that free Westlaw is available at the Wisconsin State Law Library and the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center? Thanks to the library's subscription, Westlaw Public Access is available to our patrons for free on library computers.

Search primary law databases (case law, statutes, codes) at the Wisconsin and federal level plus all 50 states. In addition, access law reviews, forms, and a host of treatises. KeyCite, a citation verification tool, is also included.

Here are just a few popular databases to get you started:

McQuillin Law of Municipal Corporations (database ID: Municorp)
Contains the full text of the leading authority on municipal law, McQuillin Law of Municipal Corporations 3d consisting of 30 indexed, annotated volumes that study all aspects of the law of municipal corporations, including analysis of all significant cases on essentially every critical point of law.
Wisconsin Practice Series - Insurance Defense (database ID: WIPRAC-IDF)
Consists of material that relates to insurance & tort law and is compiled from the Wisconsin Practice Series
Wisconsin Headnotes (database ID: WI-HN) coverage 1849-present
Remember scanning pages and pages of Key Number Digest entries, searching for the perfect case? Now, you can accomplish the same result in minutes with a simple keyword search in the Wisconsin Headnotes database. With headnote summaries, a precise search may include just one or two terms.  This file contains headnotes to cases from Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

June 7, 2010

Love Your Library Card: Borrow by Mail

Are you located outside of Madison, but need to borrow something from our library? If you are a judge or attorney licensed to practice in Wisconsin, you can use our Borrow by Mail service to get library materials shipped directly to you.

Step 1: Check our catalog (or ask us) for the item in question

Step 2: Fill out our online request form (or call us) to place a request. Check our Borrow by Mail guidelines for shipping information and loan times.

Step 3: When you're done with the book, simply ship it back to us! (You may renew online if you need more time.)

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