WSLL @ Your Service September, 2006
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
|What's New -- Connie Von Der Heide||Learn @ the Law Library – Connie Von Der Heide|
Wisconsin Legislature Infobases: New Software
A Note About the Online Wisconsin Statutes
If you find that the online Statutes section you're researching contains language that is not yet effective, you may wish to look at other versions for comparison. This may be especially critical if you’re looking at Chapter 767, Actions Affecting the Family, which has been completely revised but the changes don’t take effect until 2007. If you need additional help in determining what the currently effective language of a particular statute section is, feel free to contact our Reference Desk
To register for this or any of our other classes, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage.
LegalTrac Interface Changes
On the LegalTrac homepage, the basic, advanced, subject guide and publication search buttons formerly located in the left sidebar are now positioned across the top of the page. The basic search remains as the default. Results are now categorized under five tabs: Academic Journals, Magazines, Reference, News and Multimedia. Click the tab name to view the results under it. Grayed out tab names have no listings. Each result now includes convenient links to the complete bibliographic citation, and to full text when available. If WSLL owns the journal in which the article appears, a link to our corresponding catalog record is also displayed.
We’ll hold a LegalTrac class in the near future which will address all of the changes, but as always please contact our Reference Desk for assistance anytime.
|Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk||MLRC Memo: News from the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center -- Rebecca Knutson|
The Future of Internet “Research?”
Wikipedia is a dynamic online encyclopedia of collective knowledge. It’s a collaborative database where anyone and everyone can post information about a particular subject. It calls itself “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit” and it was recently ranked as one of the top 15 “online properties” in the world.
Not surprisingly, several search sites, including Yahoo! and Google, have begun to build their own databases of collective knowledge. According to an Aug. 16, 2006 article in the Washington Post “Web Searches Go Low-Tech: You Ask, A Person Answers,” One Yahoo! executive sees this “as the next generation of search.” According to the article, website executives believe human interaction and personalization appeal to internet users, particularly younger people.
As a librarian, I suspect another appeal is the ease of use. The popularity of these sites may also reveal the general public’s frustration and inability to find good answers using search engines. Becoming a skilled searcher takes time and practice. Checking for accuracy requires skill also. It’s much easier to ask a person. If sites such as Yahoo Answers, Answerbag, and Google Answer appeal to you but you are wary of receiving false or inaccurate information, you will be happy to know that libraries worldwide offer the same services, with less risk. Wisconsin libraries, including the Wisconsin State Law Library, participate in Ask Away a place where Internet users can ask question and get reliable answers 24/7.
Please send suggestions for future Tech Tips to the editor.
Leslie Behroozi named DCLRC Branch Librarian
Learn @ the Legal Resource Center
Thank you to Deputy State Law Librarian Julie Tessmer for her August 16 presentation of “Using Google to Its Full Potential.” We received an overwhelming response to this class and unfortunately couldn’t accommodate everyone who wanted to attend. You can be first to hear about our classes and ensure yourself a seat by subscribing to our MLRC Course Offerings e-mail list.
To sign up for a class or to be added to our e-mail list, please call (414) 278-4900, or e-mail Rebecca.Knutson@wicourts.gov. Or, drop your business card in the fishbowl at the MLRC and have a chance to win a great prize. Congratulations to this month’s winner, Attorney Jon G. Spansail.
Westlaw Training for Milwaukee County Judges and Court Commissioners
Odds 'n' Endings -- Amy Crowder
New Supreme Court Term Begins
The Smartest Card
World's Largest Library Network Now Open to the Public
To make using this new database even easier, place the WorldCat search box right on your own personal or corporate website. After completing the free registration, simply copy and paste the provided HTML code into your site. It’s an easy way for you or your agency, organization or firm to provide convenient access to the vast collections of the world's libraries.
What if you’ve searched WorldCat but still can't find the item you need? Or, what if you have found it, but it’s not available in any nearby library? Contact our Reference Desk for help. We can help you formulate your search, and if no local library has the item we might also be able to request it through interlibrary loan. We'll do our best to help you with your legal information needs.
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