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May 30, 2016

WSLL Recommends: Art Law Books on Display

An alcove in the reading room of the library regularly features rotating book displays on a variety of topics. Our recent installation is on art law

If you're an art entrepreneur, museum professional, or represent artists, check out these books for information about the legal aspects of making and preserving music, visual art, and performing arts. If you can't make it in to the library, check out the display online. Check one out in the library or by mail with your library card

May 24, 2016

Libraries Closed for Memorial Day

The Wisconsin State Law Library, and Milwaukee and Dane County Law Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, May 31st.

To ask a question while we are closed, call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

BadgerLink Quick Research Guides

Legal research databases are essential tools for any practitioner. We round out our legal research standards of HeinOnline, Index to Legal Periodicals, and LegalTrac with journals and newspapers available through BadgerLink

BadgerLink is a statewide collection of magazines, newspapers, and scholarly articles available to all Wisconsin residents. Several of these are linked through our website and catalog and can be accessed with your library card

Because your time is valuable, BadgerLink created several quick start Info Sheets for those who need a quick introduction to a database before starting a research project. Get Info Sheets, videos, and more on BadgerLink's training page

Access NewspaperARCHIVE info sheet

May 23, 2016

BadgerLink Scheduled Maintenance

BadgerLink databases, like Academic Search Premier and Newspaper Source Plus, may be unavailable for a few hours this evening beginning at 9 p.m.

This maintenance will not affect access to the Hein Online Law Journal Library or Index to Legal Periodicals. For a list of all databases available with your library card, see our Articles & Journals page.

May 11, 2016

Fill-in-the-Blank Wisconsin Basic Wills

Are you looking for a fill-in-the-blank will? The library resells Wisconsin Basic Wills and Wisconsin Basic Wills with Trust, paper fill-in-the-blank forms printed by the Wisconsin Legal Blank company.

(edit: as of January 2019, the library no longer sells Wisconsin Basic Will with Trust Forms)

These forms use the statutory form language included in the Wisconsin Statutes: 
You can pick up a blank Wisconsin Basic Will at any of our three libraries or call us at 608-267-9696 to order and pay by credit card over the phone. The cost, plus shipping and tax, is $18.83. 

To send us a request by mail, send your payment, a note stating what you're requesting, and your mailing address to:
Wisconsin State Law Library
Attn: Document Delivery Service
P.O. Box 7881
Madison, WI 53707-7881

Check or money orders are payable to Wisconsin State Law Library. Please do not send cash in the mail. 

You may also be interested in the resources on our Wills and Estate Planning pages.

May 3, 2016

Thomas.gov retiring in July

The main source for online Federal legislative information for almost 20 years, THOMAS.gov will be retiring this upcoming July. Since 2012 information on THOMAS has slowly migrated to the new Congress.gov

The Library of Congress blog has a great post on the history of THOMAS and the transition. For longtime researchers, it's the end of an era. However, the newer Congress.gov boasts improved infrastructure, responsive design, and more tools researchers need to stay on top of the latest legislative action in Congress. 


WSLL at Your Service: May 2016

Catch up on library news with our May 2016 newsletter. We had several events last month which are recapped in this issue including National Library Week and Law Day.

See our latest New Titles list for a list of new books and other resources. 

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