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July 28, 2015

Disability Books in the Library

July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Did you know that the library has several books on disability law in Wisconsin and the U.S.? We have featured several books and library databases in the past few years that address disability law. Visit the library to use these or contact us if you would like to request copies or check out a book through the mail.
Search our library catalog for books about the legal rights of and discrimination against persons with disabilities. Several books also focus exclusively on the ADA.

Researchers may also be interested in our legal topics pages on disability, employment, and health law

July 20, 2015

WSLL Recommends: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated

West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated pulls together several essential research tools in one convenient location. In addition to statutes, constitutions, and court rules, it includes complete history notes, committee comments, court decision summaries, law review citations, and references to related practice aids, legal encyclopedias, and treatises. When conducting legislative history research, save time by relying on two unique features of the history note: prior laws (previous numerations) and effective dates of related acts. Another defining element of the Statutes Annotated is the growing collection of "Notes of Decisions," or case annotations, grouped by points of law. Notes of decisions will also have key number topics to broaden your case research using West's Wisconsin Key Number Digest.

Each volume has a table of contents and legend for the abbreviations used in the text. The general subject index for the whole series can be found after the last volume on the shelf. Each book individually receives an annual pocket part, or a printed update, while the whole series updates via periodic "Interim Update Service" pamphlets. Check the preface of the pocket part to see what session laws are included in the latest update or verify it in Westlaw.

All three of our library locations have public access to Westlaw. When reading a particular statute, click "Currentness" to see the most recent act included in the content. Use the tabs to explore the same valuable sections found in the printed edition, run keyword searches, or browse using the popular name table. Download and email whole documents from our computers at no cost, or bring a laptop to connect to Westlaw through the State Law Library's wifi.

The State Law Library has retired volumes dating back to 1957. Books can be checked out from both the State Law Library and Dane County Law Library with a library card.

July 14, 2015

Mobile-Optimized Congressional Member Guide

Visit the new mobile congressional member guide from the U.S. Government Printing Office and get quick information on the 114th Congress. According to the GPO's press release:
The mobile Web app provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of the 114th Congress; the features include their picture, party affiliation, hometown, home state, and length of service. The app allows users to browse for Members of Congress by last name, state, chamber, or party. The public can take advantage of this free mobile Web app on major mobile device platforms.

Find more mobile-ready guides and directories at GPO Mobile.

July 3, 2015

WSLL at Your Service: July 2015

Read the July issue of WSLL @ Your Service for the latest library news and tech tips. 

In this issue: 
  • What's New: Upcoming classes; MCLL Holiday closing;
  • Searching the Wisconsin Administrative Code online;
  • This Just in: New & updated library materials; Monthly list of new titles;
  • Tech Tip: New Bluebook covers eBooks and updates internet citation rules;
  • WSLL Recommends: Exculpatory Evidence;
  • Staff News: Three new library assistants;
  • Odds 'n' Endings: Vacation rentals and fireworks law. 
As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Lisa.Winkler@wicourts.gov

Milwaukee County Law Library Closed July 3rd

The Milwaukee County Law Library is closed on July 3rd in observance of the July 4th holiday. Direct any questions while MCLL is closed to the WI State Law Library reference desk: 608-267-9696. The library will reopen on Monday, July 6th.

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