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August 28, 2014

Libraries Closed on Labor Day

The Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, and Dane County Legal Resource Center will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.

To send 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, September 2nd.

August 22, 2014

Learn Online with WSLL Webinars

We are starting up our webinars for the fall and first up is a CLE class on a new database, Index to Legal Periodicals. Learn how to use this database and get tips to maximize your search efficiency. The class features research examples grounded in practical, real-world questions.

There's still space in our Tuesday, August 26th noon class, so register today and learn more on our Classes page!

August 20, 2014

WSLL Recommends: Medicare & Medicaid Guide

Wolter Kluwer's Medicare and Medicaid Guide is a six-volume, loose leaf set providing detailed coverage of Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act (Medicare and Medicaid).

The set includes a comprehensive table of contents, index, and "finding lists." Additional finding aids, such as chapter tabs delineating major topics, including Medicare Part A, Part B, Exclusions, Fee Schedules, Prescription Drug Plans (etc.) help the user quickly hone in on research areas.

The first two volumes are devoted to explanations of the law: billing, eligibility, instructions, and forms. Volumes three, four, and five include a reprint of the Social Security Act, as amended, along with federal regulations. This section-by-section view includes a detailed review of amendments to each section of the law. Volume six, entitled "Current Development" includes administrative decisions, CMS Letters, information bulletins, and cases.

A valuable component of the Medicare and Medicaid Guide is the archive of materials appearing in volume six. The library's collection of "transfer binders" housing this archive date back to 1974 and span 18 feet of shelf space. In many cases, this paper archive is the most cost-effective means of locating past decisions or guidance on Medicare or Medicaid law. To locate information within the transfer binders, consult the "finding lists" in volume one which will provide a paragraph number assigned to the document.

August 12, 2014

Research Federal Information Like a Pro

The Federal Depository Library Program hosts several free webinars throughout the year. Each webinar focuses on a different Federal database or resource. You can register online and attend for free.

Upcoming webinars include:

Beyond Google: Tips for Government Information Research (August 19)
Accessing Census Bureau Statistics Using the Data Tools (August 28)
Everything You Wanted to Know About PubMed (September 23)

If you missed a webinar or they already covered a topic, you can catch up with archived sessions in this federal agency webinar archive

August 1, 2014

WSLL at Your Service: August 2014

Milwaukee Legal Resource Center staff have been hard at work setting up in their new space. We post the first pictures of the move in our August newsletter.

Also in this issue, learn about major updates to the State Bar of Wisconsin's Law of Damages, new Wikipedia editing guidelines, and new book from the State Bar, Wisconsin Trust Code: with Legislative Reference Bureau Analysis. Don't miss our Odds 'n' Endings spotlight on BadgerLink, a large collection of databases made available to Wisconsin users for free.

As always, we write to remind you about our CLE classes - many offered for free. Get more information and sign up for late summer and early fall on our Classes page.

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