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October 31, 2014

Vote on November 4th

The November 4th election is just around the corner. If you haven't voted yet, take some time to find out how to get to your polling location and preview your local ballot.

Sign in to My Vote Wisconsin to see your polling location, voter registration status, and sample ballot. Once you sign in, use the menu on the left side of the page to see your sample ballot and find out where you need to vote.

The WI Government Accountability Board has a number of resources on their website listing the offices to be elected in November's ballot, a list of candidates on the ballot, and information about the statewide transportation fund referendum. No voter ID is required for this election. 

For questions about voting, contact the toll-free voter helpline at 1-866-VOTE-WIS or contact your local clerk's office.

Image sources: American flag © Jared Preston CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

October 28, 2014

WSLL Recommends: Deposing and Examining Doctors

Deposing and Examining Doctors, by Kim Patrick Hart, is a 2 volume guide published by James Publishing. The set gives attorneys clear cut advice, techniques, and tools for effectively deposing even the toughest medical specialists.

The set is broken down into 8 medical specialties:
  • Chiropractors
  • Neurologists
  • Orthopedists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Physiatrists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Dentists and oral surgeons
  • Plastic surgeons 
Each chapter has pattern questions, outlines, and samples of redirect examinations. Especially helpful is a separate chapter of color illustrations of common injuries and conditions in each field of specialty. The illustrations are usable for exhibits and are included in a CD along with the forms for each chapter.

The next time you are preparing to take medical testimony consider checking this valuable guide for a quick refresher before starting your depositions.

October 19, 2014

New Look for wilawlibrary.gov

This week we updated our website with new colors, photos, and a new home page design. Read on for an overview of what's new - and what has stayed the same.

Our new home page features a search box that provides direct access to our index of over 400 legal topics. Simply start typing a few keywords and see a list of matching topics appear. Click on the topic to jump straight to that legal topic page or click the search button to search our entire website. Watch the video below for a demonstration.

New and returning visitors can also use the home page to access our most popular services. The research links you need most - like links to cases, statutes, and the administrative code - are also included for fast access. Check our home page regularly for our latest news stories and featured services.

All pages on our website are designed for use on a wide variety of devices and browsers. This means that you can use our website just as well on your phone as on your desktop computer. Even though we've made our website more flexible, returning visitors can rely on the same organization of our website's pages. In fact, the only change we've made to our website menus is the addition of a new page under the Search category: a research guide to Wisconsin Court Records.

Ask a librarian if you need help using the new website and send your feedback to the webmaster. Thank you for reading and enjoy the video tour included below.

October 17, 2014

EBSCO Databases Working Again

We are happy to announce that issues with accessing EBSCO databases such as Index to Legal Periodicals have been resolved. Please call us at 608-267-9696 or email us at wsll.ref@wicourts.gov if you experience problems using any of our databases.

October 15, 2014

Accessing EBSCOhost Databases

Access to EBSCO databases such as Index to Legal Periodicals and Academic Search Premier may be interrupted today. Some users may experience problems connecting to these databases. Check our website for further updates or call us for immediate assistance at 608-267-9696.

October 10, 2014

Voter ID Update for the November 2014 Election

On Thursday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order in Frank v. Walker barring Wisconsin from implementing the voter ID law. The order is expected to block implementation of the law at least through the upcoming November 2014 election.

October 2, 2014

WSLL at Your Service: October 2014

With this issue we're welcoming new staff, celebrating our new MLRC location, and compiling a list of the best books on real estate law. You can also get a sneak preview of our website redesign debuting on October 20th.

Are you researching federal law? If so, don't miss this month's Tech Tip on discovering the popular names of U.S. acts. Read the entire newsletter here: October WSLL @ Your Service.

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