WSLL @ Your Service March 2008
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
This Just In… – Pete Boll
Click To It! Legal Research at Your Fingertips – Carol Hassler
The Story of a Great Classic – Amy Crowder
Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk
Odds ‘n’ Endings – Julie Tessmer
|What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide|
New Volunteer @ WSLL
WSLL is very pleased to have a volunteer working with us for the next several months. Hilary Hahn, a full-time student in the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, is lending a hand with processing Wisconsin Briefs one morning per week.
Economic Stimulus Checks – A Heads Up
According to the IRS: "Under the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, more than 130 million American households will receive economic stimulus payments beginning in May. The only way to get one this year is to file a federal tax return for 2007. This filing requirement also applies to some people who do not normally file, including many low-income people and recipients of Social Security, certain benefits received from the Department of Veterans Affairs and certain Railroad Retirement benefits."
|This Just In… – Pete Boll|
This month’s featured titles include:
New! The Lawyer's Guide to Buying, Selling, Merging, and Closing a Law Practice, edited by Sarina Butler
This new title, published by the ABA, is a good source to learn about important considerations for any attorney thinking of buying, selling, merging or closing a law practice.
Issues to consider throughout the process include:
New Edition Wisconsin Trial Practice, 2nd edition, by Michael O. Bohren et al.
Updated for the first time since 2004, this 2nd edition has been revised to reflect updates in statutory and case law, and it discusses changes in courtroom practices created by new technology. Judicial commentary has also been revised and expanded. Highlights include:
See our latest New Titles list for more new arrivals.
|Click To It! Legal Research at Your Fingertips – Carol Hassler|
In previous articles, we explained how to access electronic journals through the WSLL catalog and our website. With our newly redesigned catalog, finding journals and law reviews from your home, office, or anywhere else is easier than ever.
Finding a journal is easy:
Instant Article Access
To locate an article, simply follow the steps above to search for the title of the journal, law review, or newspaper in our catalog. Check the date to make sure you can access your article online. Different coverage may be available from each resource that provides article access.
Once in the journal, browse to or search for your article.
Find Classic Law Books
You can now search HeinOnline’s Legal Classics directly from our catalog!
To find a Legal Classics title:
Accessing resources may require a library card. If you’re eligible for a library card, please visit any of our three libraries to obtain one. If you’re unable to stop in, contact the Wisconsin State Law Library to request a card by mail. For more information, please visit our Circulation page.
|The Story of a Great Classic – Amy Crowder|
The Story of a Great Court, written by Chief Justice John B. Winslow and published in 1912, is an historical account of the early years of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the justices who sat on its bench. While this book is a wonderful resource on the legal history of this state, it has been out of print for many years. WSLL owns a few copies and others are occasionally listed for sale on used book websites, but it wasn’t until HeinOnline added the title to its Legal Classics Library that this “legal classic” became widely available.
HeinOnline’s Legal Classics Library “offers more than 1,200 works from some of the greatest legal minds in history.” For example, you can gather quotes from Blackstone’s Commentaries, or read works by Roscoe Pound, Joseph Story, John Wigmore, or Benjamin Cardozo, to name just a few. In addition, the Legal Classics Library includes “rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world.”
The Wisconsin State Law Library subscribes to HeinOnline and offers it free as a service to our users. Authorized WSLL library cardholders can access it from any Internet-equipped device. Simply enter your name and library card number as prompted. If you aren’t able to access HeinOnline remotely, visit the Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center, or the Dane County Legal Resource Center, where it’s available on all public computer workstations.
|Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk|
“I Guess I Should Have Known That…” - A Variety of Quick Tech Tips
As a creature of habit, I tend to do things the same old way everyday. As a result, every once in a while, I’ll come across a different way to do something and I’ll have one of those “I guess I should have known that” moments. Here’s a short list of tech tips that may (or may not) be news to you.
Do you have a quick tech tip to share? Email it to the editor.
|Odds ‘n’ Endings – Julie Tessmer|
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th – usually! This year presents a dilemma for Catholics because, for the first time since 1940, the holiday falls during Holy Week, the sacred seven days preceding Easter. Because of the overlap, liturgical rules dictate that no Mass in honor of the saint can be celebrated on Monday, March 17, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Consequently, many communities have moved their holiday observances up a few days. For more information, check out this Associated Press article found on CNN.com.
March is National Women’s History Month. The 2008 theme is Women’s Art: Women’s Vision.
6 – World Book Day
9 – Daylight Saving Time begins. Access the Official U.S. Time to make certain you set your clock correctly.
20 – First Day of Spring. For those of you who remember when Spring always began on March 21, see this article that explains the change.
31 – Cesar Chavez Day, celebrating the life and work of the Mexican American labor activist and leader of the United Farm Workers. His Foundation’s Website encourages people keep his legacy alive by volunteering in their communities. The Library of Congress’s America’s Library website includes stories about Chavez’s work.
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