WSLL @ Your Service Nov. 2003
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
|WSLL Web -- Elaine Sharp||Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk|
Top Ten Court Websites announced
Having Fun with Windows
Utilize the Windows Key. The Windows Key is located on the bottom row of your keyboard and has the Windows icon or symbol on it. It can be used alone or in combination with other keys to fly through Windows tasks. Some examples: the Windows key used alone will open the Start Menu. Press Windows-F1 to display Help; Windows-E to open Windows Explorer and (most helpful) Windows-M to minimize all Windows in a flash.
Get a better view on the Web. You can quickly maximize your screen view by pressing the F11 key. This shrinks the toolbars and hides the taskbar leaving extra space for the webpage you are viewing. In Internet Explorer, the address bar is also hidden but the Netscape browser displays the address bar, as well as the navigation tools. Click F11 again to go back to your normal view.
Take a shortcut to your favorite application or file. Windows allows you to create a keyboard shortcut to open applications or files. This trick takes several steps, but it is well worth the effort. Here’s how I created a keyboard shortcut to open Microsoft Word.
Now you can open Word by keystroke; in this case, by pressing Ctrl + Alt + m.
Send your suggestions for future legal research Tech Tips to the editor.
|What's New-- Julie Tessmer||Learn @ The Law Library|
The Dane County Law Library has a new name! On September 29 a press conference was held to announce the renaming of the Dane County Law Library. The new name, Dane County Legal Resource Center, was chosen because it better reflects the services provided to the citizens of Dane County.
State Law Librarian Jane Colwin was invited by the American Association of Law Libraries Access to Electronic Information Committee to serve as a court website evaluator at the 8th National Court Technology Conference (CTC8) sponsored by the National Center for State Courts. The law librarians provided interested court personnel with tips, ideas and feedback on how to keep their court websites informative, user-friendly and responsive to citizens' needs.
Jane also presented a workshop entitled Using the Internet for Legal Research at the Wisconsin Judicial Conference held at Chula Vista in the Wisconsin Dells, October 15-17.
Connie Von Der Heide, Reference/Outreach Services Librarian, teamed up with Paula Seeger, Dane County Legal Resource Center Librarian, to present the program Legal Research: How to Find and Understand Legal Information in Wisconsin at four locations in the Madison area in October. The classes are designed for people with little or no legal background or understanding of legal concepts. The class will be offered again at the City County Building, 210 MLK, Jr. Blvd. in downtown Madison on Tuesday, December 9. Call 608-266-6316 for more information and to register.
The staff of the State Law Library extends a warm welcome to our new neighbors, the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB). In October the LRB moved right across the street into what was WSLL’s temporary location (from December 1999 until January 2002). The LRB’s new address is One East Main Street, Suite 200.
|Legal Research Tip o’ the Month
To quickly find parallel cites, links to online opinions and up to the minute status for Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases, use Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Case Access (WSCCA.i). Generally, this site includes information about appeals cases considered "open" from the end of 1993 forward. Click on the “I Agree” button at the bottom of the homepage to access the search form. You can search on a variety of access points, including appeal number, party names, and any of the Wisconsin appellate case citation formats. The resulting Summary screen shows the case name, current status, and all case citations. To see complete docket information, click on the History tab. Here you can determine whether a petition for review has been filed, find out if the State Law Library has received the briefs, and for cases with opinions issued since 1995, you can link directly to the full text— just click on the Opinion line! For assistance with using WSCCA.i, contact our Reference Desk at 608-267-9696, 800-322-9755, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Hands-On Legal Research Classes
Our fall lineup continues! For registration forms and additional information, please visit our Classes & Tours page .
NEW CLASS: Wisconsin Briefs Online
Using Wisconsin Legal Resources on the Internet
NEW CLASS: Help! I Need a Law Review Article
Odds 'n' Endings -- Connie Von Der Heide
Notables for November
November 4: Election Day (USA). Always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Title 2 U.S. Code, section 7
November 11: Veterans Day. Observed on the anniversary of the signing of the World War I Armistice in 1918.
November 19: Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, 1863.
November 27: Thanksgiving Day. Observed the 4th Thursday in November. Learn more about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday, the annual presidential pardon of the turkey, and other turkey facts from the folks at InfoPlease.com.
|Ask a Librarian: 800-322-9755; 608-267-9696 (In Madison); email@example.com
Library Hours/Locations: WSLL (WI State Law Library), DCLRC (Dane Co. Legal Resource Center), MLRC (Milwaukee Legal Resource Center)
Visit Our Website: http://wilawlibrary.gov
Editor: Connie Von Der Heide 608-267-2202 Comments welcome!