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WSLL @ Your Service August 2009

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

Staff News

WSLL bids farewell to three staff members this month. Rachel Holtan, Library Assistant – Processing, who has been with WSLL for nearly nine years and recently completed her Master's degree in library science, is relocating to New York. Minetta Koblings, part time library assistant, has accepted a full time AmeriCorps position with an area public school system. And Joanna SanDretto, summer volunteer at WSLL and DCLRC, will return to her full time dual-degree law and library science program at UW-Madison. We offer our thanks to Rachel, Minetta and Joanna for their contributions, and we wish them all the very best in their future endeavors!

Upcoming Classes

There are still openings available in our upcoming legal research classes. On August 20 or 25, take a guided tour of our recently redesigned website, wilawlibrary.gov. On September 10, learn how to use the Westlaw research service that's available on our public computer stations. And on October 14, learn how to use the Wisconsin Digital Archives to find many information-packed state documents that Google doesn't retrieve. Sign up online, or learn more about our classes.

Reader Comments

Last month's reference to Arthur Train's fictional lawyer Mr. Tutt garnered comments from several of our readers. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren responded, "I have Train's 'Yankee Lawyer,’ a great book which I pass on to law students." And from an out-of-state attorney: “When, in the Cenezoic era, I took the Louisiana Bar Exam, we had to register a false name to put on our papers so the examiners wouldn't know who we were. I used ‘Ephraim Tutt.' I wonder if I was marked leniently by some older attorneys who had fond memories of the Train stories.”

DOJ Now Offers RSS Feed

The Wis. Dept. of Justice recently announced that it has set up an RSS Feed service on its website, providing alerts to press releases and media alerts. Other information, such as Attorney General guest columns, featured topics of interest, and missing children alerts are to be added in the future. For more information, see the DOJ announcement.

BadgerLink Content, Access Expanded

If you're a regular user of BadgerLink databases for newspapers, journals and other resources, you may have noticed some changes last month. New contracts for BadgerLink began in July with adoption of the 2009-2011 state budget. One contract provides 32 databases through the EBSCO company, including many that were previously unavailable on a statewide basis. The total combined EBSCO package includes 8,140 full text magazines and journals, 1,557 full text newspapers and newswires, and 6,755 full text books and monographs. Among the contracts for other databases is one providing full text images for historical newspapers, including Wisconsin papers, through Heritage Microfilm's Access Newspaper Archive. For more information, see this Wis. Dept. of Public Instruction news release.

The Wisconsin State Law Library's online catalog provides convenient access to full text legal periodicals and newspapers available in BadgerLink databases. Look for links at the top of the catalog record.

Full Text Journal Links

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This Just In… – Julie Tessmer

Featured Titles

Wearing the Robe: the Art and Responsibilities of Judging in Today's Courts, by James P. Gray
Square One Publishers, 2009
Call Number: KF 8775 .G73 2008

From the back cover: “Whether you currently fill a judicial position or you are simply considering the pursuit of one, Wearing the Robe provides a unique look at the art and responsibilities of being a judge in today's courts.”

Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It, by Dan L. Burk
University of Chicago Press, 2009
Call Number: KF 3114 .B97 2009

New Edition

Wisconsin Employment Law, by Bradden C. Baker.
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books, 2009
Call Number: KFW 2734 .W574

Power up your Practice with National Business Institute Seminar Materials

The Art of Depositions: Powerful Techniques to Maximize Your Success, by John C. Cabaniss
National Business Institute, 2009
Call Number: KFW 2937 .A75 A77 2009

Handling a Social Security Disability Case, by Thomas Durkin
National Business Institute, 2009
Call Number: KFW 2744 .A75 H36 2009

Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques, by Robert G, Alexander
National Business Institute, 2009
Call Number: KFW 2540 .A75 A44 2009

Streamline Your Tax Research with BNA Tax Management Portfolios

Audit Procedures for Pass-through Entities, by Steven R. Mather
Tax Management, 2009
Call Number: KF 6289 .A1 T35 no.624-2nd

Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, by Louis A. Mezzulo
Tax Management, 2009
Call Number: KF 6289 .A1 T35 no.722-3rd

Tax Court Litigation, by Richard A Levine
Tax Management, 2009
Call Number: KF 6289 .A1 T35 no.630-4th

Relax with a DVD from our Prose & Cons Collection

The library recently received a generous donation of the complete DVD series of the award winning television program West Wing. Each of the seven seasons is available for check-out to WSLL cardholders. Watch for Madison's own Bradley Whitford starring as Josh Lyman, the President's Deputy Chief of Staff. Call Number: F WEST

See our display in the 2nd Floor Current Periodicals area for this title and other DVDs and books featuring Washington D.C.

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

For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Zooming in on Webpage Content

This month’s tech tip expands upon a reader tip offered several months ago, regarding zooming in on webpages. Several people have noted how useful that particular tip has been in their use of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox.

In addition to using the scroll wheel to zoom in on content, IE users can use the zoom tool found in the lower right corner of IE. Click the down arrow to change the zoom level. This method offers a bit more control than the scroll wheel. Another point worth noting is that the Firefox zoom tool allows users to zoom text only and leave images at their original size. Go to the View menu, pull down to “zoom” and choose “zoom text only.”

All of this zooming in on content begs the question, “How can I print the expanded size webpage?” Simply zooming in on the content on the screen will not cause the printer to print in larger letters. To do this, you must use other tools. In IE, under the File menu, choose “Print Preview.” This will bring up a preview of how your page will print. The last drop down menu at the top of the page allows you to change the print size. Choose the size you wish and use the printer icon on the far left (Alt+P) to print. You can also use this tool to shrink the webpage to get more content onto one page.

Can this be done for PDF documents using Adobe Reader? Yes. Most people are familiar with Adobe Reader’s zoom tool, which is located on the Adobe tool bar. Use it to change the text size of a PDF document for easier viewing. To print enlarged text, bring up the print dialog box. In the “print range” section, click on “current view.” This will allow you to print just the section of the page that is shown in the “preview composite” area.

Searching Wisconsin Lawyer content

In case you missed it (as I did), Wisbar.org, the State Bar of Wisconsin’s website, now provides full text searching of Wisconsin Lawyer issues dating back to 1997. This can be a quick way to locate full text feature articles as well as news and case notes. To find it, click on the Wisconsin Lawyer tab under the Research Tools module.

LegalTrac, an index of law reviews and periodicals available through WSLL, indexes the Wisconsin Lawyer and its predecessor, Wisconsin Bar Bulletin, back to approximately 1980. This is significantly deeper coverage than wisbar.org provides; however, LegalTrac only indexes selected articles, and it searches on and retrieves only the citation information – not full text.

For maximum coverage and results, perform your search in both of these services. Anytime you find articles that aren’t available in full text online, simply request copies through our Order a Document service.

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Odds ‘n' Endings – Carol Hassler

Government Documents in the News

The wide range of government-produced reports always amazes me, but sometimes it's hard to keep tabs on what's new. That's when I use these sites to track recent documents that have been featured in the news.

Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide

Did you know that every year a Wisconsin government document is honored by the Wisconsin Library Association? Check the WLA-Award-Winning Distinguished Documents online for rich publications from state and local Wisconsin agencies. This year's winner: Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide: A Producer's Guide to Marketing Locally Grown Food


Notables for August

1st – Shirley Abrahamson became Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1996 (Source)
14th – FDR signs the Social Security Act, 1935 (Source)
25th – National Park Service established, 1916 (Source)
26th – 19th Amendment giving women right to vote ratified, 1920 (Source)

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