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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
Watch, Learn, and Listen with WisconsinEye
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WisconsinEye has been dubbed "Wisconsin's C-SPAN," providing live coverage and archived video of various government happenings. The website and television channel are valuable tools for anyone following state and local government. Legislative hearings, floor sessions, Supreme Court oral arguments, local public board meetings and news conferences are just some of the offerings on WisconsinEye.
1 hour
Intro to WestlawNext
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Learn how to best utilize WestlawNext in this course by: Finding Specific Cases, Statutes and Regulations by citation; Learning how to quickly find and search specific resource; Learning about plain language searching on WestlawNext; Utilizing result list filtering to narrow your search results; Exploring document features, including new "Copy with Reference"; Learning about new WestlawNext history; Reviewing the basics of the WestlawNext Citator - KeyCite.
1 hour
Intermediate WestlawNext
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Learn how to best utilize WestlawNext in this course by Discovering the power behind WestSearch plain language searching; Utilizing "Find a case by party name" feature; Learning about result list sorting and advanced filtering techniques, such as "search within results"; Exploring headnotes and other editorial enhancements, such as notes of decisions and statutes index; Covering advanced options for filtering Citing References; Learning about content category pages in the "Browse" menu.
1 hour
Advanced WestlawNext
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Learn how to best utilize WestlawNext in this course by: Learning about advanced search and field searching on content category search pages; Harnessing the power of advanced annotation features such as highlighting and foldering; Incorporating Key Numbers and Key Number Searching into your research; Exploring headnotes and other editorial enhancements, such as notes of decisions and statutes index; Covering advanced options for Alerts and Automated searches; Utilizing advanced customization features for "Copy with Reference", Highlighted terms, Result list display, and Document Delivery; Learn how to access WestlawNext from other devices.
1 hour
Westlaw - Ethics Research via Westlaw
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Review Westlaw sources and learn online searching techniques for researching ethics and professional responsibility questions. Westlaw offers many legal ethics databases, including ABA opinions, case law, andRestatements. This hands-on class will provide you with an opportunity to try searching techniques while learning about specialized databases on Westlaw.
1 hour
Wisconsin Briefs Online
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Learn how to access Wisconsin Appellate Briefs on the UW Law Library's website and WSCCA. This class is an introduction to searching for Wisconsin Appellate Briefs available for free on the Internet.
1 hour
Finding Wisconsin Briefs
Wisconsin Court System Website: What's On It For Me?
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Navigate the Court System's website and find the information you need. Learn how to access Circuit Court records, find mandatory forms, search Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions, and check appellate case status. Explore additional resources such as the Self Help Center and court administrative office pages.
1 hour
Wisconsin Legislature Website
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In this hands-on overview of the Legislature's site you'll learn how to track legislative activity, locate bills and acts, and search the online Wisconsin Statutes. You'll also learn about the Legislative Notification Service, and where to find publications of the various Legislative Service Agencies.
1 hour
Wisconsin State Law Library Website
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Our award-winning website is now even better! With more than 450 legal topics, a county legal resource database, and quick links to state and federal primary law and court forms, the WSLL website continues to be a one-stop shop for easily finding trustworthy legal sources online. Learn how to access remote services such as LegalTrac and HeinOnline, navigate the library's catalog, watch video tutorials, and find news about library events and more.
1 hour