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New Collections in HeinOnline - Carol Hassler

HeinOnline is a database best known for full text journals, but as its collections increase we use it for a much wider variety of research. From feature articles to new collections, here’s what’s new in HeinOnline.

From the front page

The research team behind HeinOnline’s blog works quickly, creating focused posts on a variety of topics. Recent features include an examination of the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, background to the recent McGift v. Oklahoma decision, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Get a boost in your research and follow HeinOnline’s blog and social media for timely updates.

What’s new

The Library subscribes to specific collections, and HeinOnline periodically adds new collections focused on specific issues or particular source material. Spotting new collections when you log into HeinOnline is easy. Once in the database, look through the home screen - which includes a long list of all the collections you can search. Any collections marked with a [+] symbol are new to HeinOnline.

COVID-19 in America: Response, Issues, and Law

Added in August, this collection focuses on government COVID-19 reports and journal articles. Search the whole collection, or browse on topics like Economics, Health, or Global impact.

Executive Privilege

As the U.S. presidential election approaches, research presidential authority through government reports, primary sources, and journals.

Presidential Impeachment Library

Research documents for past impeachment proceedings and find scholarly articles.

GAO Reports & Comptroller General Decisions

Added in 2019, this collection includes reports, audits, correspondence, and more documents created by the Government Accountability Office.

State Constitutions Illustrated

First added in late 2019, this collection has expanded to include several more states in its constitutional collections. Launch your search from a map of states (or historical territories). Wisconsin returns the Constitutions of 1848 and 1846, plus treaty and territorial government documents.

Streamline your searching

Use HeinOnline’s tutorial and search tip library to learn how to search for high-quality results faster. Don’t miss their tip of the week on their blog, like this post about finding the statutory authority of a federal regulation. Librarians are happy to help locate documents or investigate questions.

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New Books - Kari Zelinka

New Book! Undue Influence and Vulnerable Adults, by Sandra D. Glazier, Thomas M Dixon, and Thomas F. Sweeney, 2020
Call Number: KF 760 .U53 G53 2020

Undue influence is a form of financial abuse of the elderly. The authors of Undue Influence and Vulnerable Adults have significant expertise in this area and they share invaluable advice on identifying potential issues and creating effective plans if litigation is necessary. Our population as a whole is aging, so it’s likely you are representing a higher number of elderly clients. This text is a good primer to understand diminished capacity. Proactive waivers and knowing when to contact trusted family members are two topics that are discussed in detail.

Chapters include:

  • Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults
  • What Is Undue Influence?
  • Evidence of Undue Influence
  • Fraud and Duress Are Different Than Undue Influence
  • The Presumption of Undue Influence
  • Rebutting the Presumption
  • No-Contest Clauses and the Importance of Probable Cause
  • A Litigation Perspective
  • Using Experts and Understanding the Medical Evidence
  • Video Recording, Electronic Wills, and Remote Witnessing and Notarization

New Book! Disability Law for Property, Land Use and Zoning Lawyers, by Robin Paul Malloy, 2020
Call Number: KF 5709.3 .H35 M35 2020

Robin Malloy tackles the topic of disability law where it meets land development, planning, and regulation. He takes federal disability laws and explains how these provisions relate to daily practice and decision making. The Americans with Disability Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Rehabilitation Act and the Architectural Barriers Act are discussed and numerous examples are given to show how the rules and regulations are applied.

Chapters include:

  • People Protected Under the ADA, RHA, and FHA
  • Anti-Discrimination Provisions
  • Planning for Sidewalks
  • Emotional Support and Service Animals
  • Special Provisions and Issues for Housing
  • Historic Districts and Historic Preservation
  • Public Entity: Responsible Employee and Grievance Procedures


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 - Heidi Yelk

After six months of Zoom meetings, it's not surprising that a growing number of apps have sprung up to enhance the Zoom experience. If you use Zoom, it's worth exploring the Zoom App Marketplace. This is a well-organized, vetted list of tools that's also searchable.

Luma is an app that helps dress up your Zoom event invitations. Rather than sending an invitation with text and numbers, Luma helps you create an event landing page complete with a customized photo or graphics. You can sign up via the website or through the Zoom App Marketplace. If you sign up on the website, you don't need to provide Zoom credentials.

The Prezi Video App integrates with Zoom to create what's billed as a more engaging presentation format. This app allows you to appear on screen along with your graphics, similar to the look of a newscast. Watch Prezi CEO Jim Szafranski demonstrate the features.

The scheduling category includes two specific law firm apps - LawTap for Zoom and Lawmatics. Many scheduling apps include automatic reminders and can facilitate payments.


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Library News - Carol Hassler

Sidewalk Pickup Parking

The library now has a reserved space in front of its doors on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd for temporary parking while stopping by for a sidewalk pickup or return. Located directly in front of the library doors, spot 1316 now features a Loading Zone sign for our users to temporarily park while picking up or dropping off books.

Upcoming webinars

We will offer two webinars in October: Understanding the Wisconsin Circuit Court Records Database on October 15 and Introduction to Legislative History on October 21. Our webinars fill up quickly! Members of our mailing list will typically be notified first. Join our mailing list by sending an email to tammy.keller@wicourts.gov and ask to be alerted when there are classes open for registration.

Librarians reach out

For many people, a will is just a starting point. Planning for the management and disposal of an estate during life or after death requires examining family, financial, and personal details to create the best plan tailored for the individual. Librarian Carol Hassler wrote an article on research sources for estate planning in September’s InsideTrack with Legal Research 101: Estate Planning.

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October Snapshot

When It Rains It Pours
Photo by Amy Crowder

In September a pipe burst in the David T. Prosser Jr. Library, sending water through a few areas of our second floor. Fortunately, staff were in the library and quickly worked with building staff to stop the leak, and prevent extensive damage to equipment and library materials. We’re happy to announce that our library collections were undamaged!

We are accepting snapshots! Do you have a photo highlighting libraries, attractions or points of historical interest? Send your photo to the editor at carol.hassler@wicourts.gov to be included in a future issue.

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