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BadgerLink
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Legal research often involves using more than just legal resources. When you need background information from newspapers or magazines, you need BadgerLink. This class will show you how to use BadgerLink's databases to search thousands of magazines and journals, and hundreds of newspapers, full text and all for free.
1 hour
Books Unbound
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Excited about e-books? Come learn about Books Unbound, a new database from the State Bar of Wisconsin. This class will showcase PINNACLE "Brown Binders" from the State Bar of Wisconsin. Titles include Advising Older Clients and their Families, Governmental Claims and Immunities, Marital Property Classification Handbook, Wisconsin Insurance Law, Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook and many more. Get an overview of features and learn advanced search techniques.
1 hour
Finding Wisconsin Public Records
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Learn first hand how to find public records on individuals and businesses in this information packed class. Discover criminal records, state and local court records, business entity records, liens, foreclosures, real estate records, and more. We'll help you find the government agency sources for Wisconsin public records.
2 hours
Free Case Law on the Internet
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Google Scholar, Hathi Trust, Findlaw, Justia - the list goes on and on. There are numerous sources of free case law on the Internet but no single source can meet all your needs. Knowing where to find what you're looking for can save hours of research time. This one-hour class will highlight several free online case law sites, focusing on content (scope) and searching techniques.
1 hour
Google Book Search
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This one-hour class explores Google Books. Learn effective searching techniques and discuss the pros and cons of using these tools for law related research.
1 hour
Google Scholar
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Looking for free, full-text case law searching? Hoping it will be easy to use and accessible from any computer? Try Google Scholar! Google Scholar includes both federal and state case law. You'll find recent cases as well as an extensive archive. In addition, Scholar can be used to search law reviews and legal journals. Participants will learn basic and advanced search techniques and discuss the strengths and limitations of the Google Scholar database.
1 hour
Case Law Research with Google Scholar
HeinOnline: The Information Source You Need, Where You Need It
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With access to full-text law reviews and bar journals, primary federal law, congressional and federal agency documents, and sources of federal legislative history -- this database is too good to be missed. Learn what HeinOnline has to offer and how you may access this subscription service for free at the library or anywhere you need it.
1 hour
Accessing HeinOnline From Your Office or Home Computer
Find and Print a Law Review on HeinOnline
Index to Legal Periodicals
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Search full text law reviews and legal journals, plus yearbooks, conference publications, and government information in this new database. Get tips for effective searching and tour features to help you organize and download your research. This database can be used from anywhere with a Wisconsin State Law Library card.
1 hour
Lawyers and Social Media
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Are you sold on social media? How are lawyers using blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media tools? This class will explore the basics of social media for lawyers and delve into marketing, research and ethical issues surrounding Web 2.0.
3 hours
Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies
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I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Get answers to these questions and more by attending, Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies. Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, navigate the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way.
2 hours
Introduction to Wisconsin Legislative History
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I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, learn about the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way. This introductory class covers basic research strategies and sources./description>