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WSLL @ Your Service November 2009

What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide

MLRC Staff Changes

The Milwaukee Legal Resource Center recently said farewell to Ben De Young, who has accepted a position with the U.S. Air Force. Ben graduated from Marquette Law School in May 2009 and will soon begin his new duties as an attorney with the USAF JAG Corps. We wish you all the best, Ben!

Upcoming Library Closings

The State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center and Dane County Legal Resource Center will be closed on the following days: Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27; Thursday and Friday, December 24 and 25; Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1, 2010. We wish you all safe and happy holidays.

Milwaukee County has designated furlough days on November 13, November 25 and December 4. While many Milwaukee County offices will be closed, the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center will be open for business on those days.

Upcoming Classes

Lawyers and Social Media
Tuesday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Wisconsin State Law Library Training Room

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 strategies and ethical issues surrounding Web 2.0.
Fee: $99. 3 CLE credits applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

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This Just In.. – Pete Boll

This month’s featured titles include:

New Edition! Future Trends in State Courts
National Center for State Courts
2009 edition
KF 8736.Z9 R47

How are state courts responding to the current economic crisis? The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) conducted a national survey to assess the financial health of state courts at all levels and explore their future plans for improving their bottom lines. Courts in 27 states have experienced budget reductions, and 12 additional states are anticipating budget cuts as their legislatures finalize their 2010 budgets. Ten state court systems have seen budgets reduced by at least 5 percent. State courts are trying a number of cost cutting measures, from hiring and salary freezes to salary reductions and furloughs.

Articles focus on the effects of budget cuts on those who work in the courts, as well as those who depend on services the courts provide, for example self-represented litigants and even jurors. Some courts may be tempted to forgo “luxury items” such as strategic planning during an economic downturn; others maintain that strategic planning is even more essential for justifying court budgets and improving operations.

Other important topics in Future Trends 2009 include veterans treatment courts; public guardianship’ the possible future of drug courts and of problem-solving-court techniques in general; court security; and the effects of immigration on courts.

New Title! Special Education Law, by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright
Harbor House Law Press
2nd edition (8th printing, 2009)
KF 4209.3 .W75 2007

The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) can be confusing. Parents of children with disabilities, teachers, administrators and attorneys will find this guidebook especially useful in understanding rights and responsibilities under IDEA 2004. Topics include:

  • Requirements for highly qualified special education teachers
  • Child find, private schools, and charter schools
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) and Individual Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Intervening services, Independent Educational Evaluations and parental access to educational records
  • Discipline and Manifestation review hearings, and behavior assessments and intervention plans
  • Changes to the law and/or regulations and case law are available on the book’s Update Page

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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Click to It: Using LegalTrac for Article Research – Carol Hassler

LegalTrac provides access to citations and full text articles from major legal publications, including law reviews, legal newspapers, international publications, law specialty publications, business & general interest, and bar association journals.

LegalTrac is available on all of our public access computers, and our library card holders can also access it over the Internet.

Simply Search: Full Text & More

Most searchers might begin with the quick search on the main page, which provides immediate options to limit your results to full text, peer-reviewed publications, and documents with images.

Results are sorted into tabs according to type of publication, with the number of results noted on each tab. Search results also include featured multimedia, such as videos and pictures. A new set of tools allows you to listen to articles online, or download an mp3 of any full text article for later use.

Get Specific with Preferred Terms

Keyword searching in some legal databases can yield many false hits and may cause you to miss important, relevant articles. The controlled vocabulary used to compile the LegalTrac index provides a more precise search and helps to ensure that you find all pertinent articles.

To search for controlled terms, choose the “Browse Subjects” link at the top of the page. From here, you can enter a search term or use the alphabetical links to browse for terms. For example, the preferred term for “U.S. Supreme Court” is “United States. Supreme Court.” Entering the term “health insurance” provides links for the main term “Health Insurance” as well as several related subjects and subtopics.

More Search Options

The Advanced search option allows for more keyword combinations and Boolean searching, as well as more search limits. You can also use Advanced Search to perform a search within a specific title, such as the Wisconsin Law Review.

Do you need to browse or search a specific journal? Choose “Browse Publications,” then use the search box or alphabetical list. For many titles, you can also search for the publication in our catalog. Not only will you be able to check coverage on LegalTrac, but you will also be able to check for any print issues available at the library, and frequently, a link to the journal’s website.

Customize It!

The customizable home page features RSS feeds from LegalTrac’s content. Creating an individual user profile allows for modification of the always-updating RSS feeds. A user account also allows for naming and saving any search, setting journal or email alerts, and customizing LegalTrac’s interface. Create an account or sign in by clicking on the “login” link in the upper right corner.

In LegalTrac you can set up either RSS Feeds or email alerts to keep current. Your LegalTrac search results screen will include an alert button RSS. The alerts you'll receive provide both links to new full-text law review articles available right in the database, and citations for articles that you can request from the Wisconsin State Law Library. You can also receive citations to new articles from specific titles. For Marquette Law Review, for example, do a “browse publication” search to pull up the title, then look for the alert button RSS to set up notification.

To learn more about using RSS Feeds and selecting a feed reader, please read our October 2007 Tech Tip Column.

Explore LegalTrac today! This database is available to Wisconsin State Law Library cardholders. Don’t have a card? Sign up for one online. And be sure to Ask a Librarian if you have any questions.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

HathiTrust Announces Full Text Search

If you like Google Books, you’ll love HathiTrust. HathiTrust is “a shared digital repository (SDR) for storing university library digital content including that from the Google Book Search Project.”

In October, HathiTrust announced its new full text search capabilities. Like Google Book Search, users can now search across full text content in the HathiTrust database. Keep in mind that “full text search” does not mean full text access. Users of both Google Books and HathiTrust still come up against copyright restrictions that limit the view of the stored item.

However (and here’s why you’re going to love HathiTrust), HathiTrust provides full text access to many government documents printed after 1921. Google Books does not. So, if you’re compiling a legislative history and need to see committee hearings, here’s what you might find in Google Books. Not much help, except to perhaps identify that this is indeed the document you are seeking. HathiTrust, however, provides the entire content of the document.

For an idea of content and depth of the database, see this full text search (and full view list) for Kastenmeier.

Full text HathiTrust search is available in beta format right now. For more information on HathiTrust see their About Us page.

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Odds ‘n’ Endings – Amy Crowder

November Notables

Veteran’s Day is observed on November 11th, a day to honor America’s veterans and thank them for their service to our country.

The second Act of the Wisconsin Territorial Government, enacted Nov. 15, 1836, divided the territory into three judicial districts. The counties of Crawford and Iowa constituted the first judicial district, Dubuque and Des Moines Counties made up the second district, and Brown and Milwaukee Counties formed the third. Today, Wisconsin’s 72 counties are divided into 10 judicial administrative districts.

As proclaimed by President George Washington, the first national Thanksgiving Day occurred on November 26, 1789.

The first nationally broadcast Thanksgiving Day football game was in 1934 between the Detroit Lions and the World Champion Chicago Bears. It was broadcast on the NBC radio network.

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