WSLL @ Your Service April, 2005
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
|What's New -- Connie Von Der Heide||This Just In... -- Pete Boll|
Join us for National Library Week and Legal Research Teach-In!
Tuesday, April 12 – State Law Library Guided Tours, 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Sign up for a free, guided tour of the print and electronic resources available in the library and (some) through our website. Come and learn about the State Law Library, meet our staff, and find out how we can help you with your legal reference and research needs. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is limited to 12 people. Print registration form.
Wednesday, April 13 – Using Shepards Public Access @ the State Law Library
Thursday, April 14 – Using Westlaw @ WSLL
The Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC) is also providing several opportunities to help you "Grow Your Legal Research Skills." Classes include Winning With Westlaw on April 14 and Legal Links to Bookmark: Starting Legal Research the Quick and Inexpensive Way Online on April 21. Further details and registration information are available. Be sure to stop in at MLRC the week of April 11 for some yummy treats, to enter their daily door prize drawings, and to take their ever popular National Library Week Quiz!
WSLL suffers minor flood; no permanent damage
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This month’s featured titles include:
NEW! Great Opinions By Great Judges / edited by William L. Snyder. Originally published: New York; Baker, Voorhis, 1883. Reprinted: Littleton; Fred B. Rothman & Co. (A division of William S. Hein & Co., Inc.), 1982
Legal historians and judicial scholars will find this reprint edition a most interesting and valuable collection of important judicial opinions by eminent judges. It provides not only the text of the opinion, but also an analysis explaining key details of the case and its importance within the context of legal history. Examples:
NEW EDITION! Stand Up To The IRS, 8th edition / Frederick W. Daily. Berkeley, CA; Nolo, 2005
Just in time for tax season, Nolo, a leading publisher of “plain English” self-help legal information resources, has just released this latest edition of its self-proclaimed “book the IRS doesn’t want you to read.” It provides information on:
Also included are answers to the 25 most frequently asked tax questions, a glossary of tax terms, and more than 30 sample forms.
|Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk||Learn @ The Law Library -- Connie Von Der Heide|
To make a long story short...
In the world of web pages and email, computer users often want to send URLs (webpage addresses) within an email message. In most cases, this allows the recipient to simply click on the URL within the message and go directly to the web page of interest. Chances are that you got to this newsletter via a clickable link in your email.
But what happens when the URL is ridiculously long and does not paste nicely into an email message? Oftentimes the URL gets “broken” within the email message, and then it no longer works as a clickable link. Fortunately, there are many free services on the Internet that can turn a long, unmanageable URL into a shorter, more manageable one.
One of these services is TinyURL.com. Using this free site, you can enter a long URL into a box and click a button, and the service will return a shorter, “tiny” link which can be used in place of the real URL.
Let’s say you are interested in sending your fruitarian friend a link to US Patent 6,612,440. The URL for that patent on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office page looks like this:
Instead of putting this long, unwieldy URL in an email, follow these simple steps to make a shorter, substitute URL:
As mentioned above, TinyURL.com is one of several such services available on the Internet. Others include SnipURL, which also allows you to customize the new, shorter URL; Make a Shorter Link; and Shorl.com.Send your suggestions for future legal research Tech Tips to the editor.
Upcoming Hands-On Classes
There are still a few openings in our April classes. Register today using the form available on our Classes & Tours webpage.
Westlaw at the Wisconsin State Law Library
[If you’re unable to attend this class, visit us on Thursday, April 14 during National Library Week for a brief one-on-one session with our staff! Details are in the “What’s New” column above.]
Internet Tips & Tricks
Odds 'n' Endings -- Julie Tessmer
Check Your Credit Report for Free
Free Credit Reports are now available to Wisconsin residents. An amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months. For more information on this topic visit our Legal Topics page on Credit/Debt.
Notables for April
April is National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.
There are a number of famous lawyers who were also poets, including John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States; Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner and other songs and poems; and James B. Martindale, publisher of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. To read more about famous lawyer-poets, visit the University of West Virginia’s website. The College of Law has compiled an extensive list.
3 - Remember to set your clocks to “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time! The Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided the basic framework for alternating between daylight saving time and standard time. However, the current system of beginning DST at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in April and ending at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October was not standardized until 1986.
12 - Happy 56th Birthday to attorney and author Scott Turow! Our Prose & Cons legal fiction collection contains several of Turow’s legal thrillers. We welcome donations of new and gently used legal fiction books, audiobooks, videos and DVD’s to the Prose & Cons collection. Thanks!
15 - The Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution states, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes….” If you’re a procrastinator when it comes to doing your taxes, you may be interested in reading some of the history behind the various tax filing deadlines used in the past. The Tax History Project provides information on the history of tax day as well as links to Presidential tax returns.
27 - Administrative Professionals Day This annual event was originally organized in 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the National Secretaries Association. The organization is now the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
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