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WSLL @ Your Service April 2018


Lexis Advance at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library - Kari Zelinka

This year we added access Lexis Advance to computers at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library. Whether you are a new user or you're a longtime Lexis expert, there is something for everyone in Lexis Advance.

Lexis Advance is very visually appealing. The default view is graphical, displaying the new Search Term Location Bar.

Lexis Advance search screen

Shepard's menu

Each search term or phrase is highlighted in a different color, quickly showing which words appear most frequently. Click on the color-coded bar to view search terms in context. The cluster of keywords with the highest relevancy is marked by a blue star.

To uncover the history of a case or statute and see if it is still good law, look no further than Shepard's Citation Service in Lexis Advance. Once you click into a case, look at the right hand side bar, which will show pertinent Shepard's citing information and a link to "Shepardize this document."

Current editions of some books which are not updated in our print collection can be accessed in Lexis Advance instead. If you have used these sets in the past, make sure to visit Lexis Advance for the most up to date information.

  • Larson's Worker's Compensation Law
  • Rabkin & Johnson, Current Legal Forms with Tax Analysis

We provide access to some titles in print as well as online via Lexis Advance, such as Nichols on Eminent Domain. Depending on your preferred research style, you may want to search these on Lexis Advance instead of browsing the print books. To view the list of available titles, in the upper left hand corner of the screen use the dropdown Browse menu. Either enter a title in the search box or click on All Sources to navigate to the desired title.

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Take our Lexis Advance class during National Library Week to learn more!

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Celebrate National Library Week - Carol Hassler

The Wisconsin State Law Library invites you to celebrate National Library Week with us from April 9-13. The Art of Law is this year's theme. We'll be exploring this concept throughout the month as it relates to our library, our users, and our collection.

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Open House

Join us at our open house on April 10th. Enjoy refreshments, get a personalized READ bookmark, and take a tour of historical art in our library at 1 and 2 p.m. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, April 10 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Art tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Reading Room
David T. Prosser Jr. Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Art Tours

Tours are offered Tuesday, April 10 through Thursday, April 12 at 1 p.m. Each librarian-led tour will stop at art and photography throughout the library and discuss the historical significance of the pieces.

CLE Classes

Two free CLE-credit classes are offered during the week. Register early to reserve your spot for the Wisconsin Court System Website and Introduction to Lexis Advance.

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Start Here: Arts & Entertainment Law - Amy Crowder

Entertainers and artists enrich our lives but must also grapple with an array of legal issues. Gain insight into the varied facets of art and entertainment law with the featured titles in our latest Start Here guide.

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American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking
KF4298 .D66 2010
Michael Donaldson
American Bar Association

American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Video Game Development
KF3024.C6 A94 2011
American Bar Association

Art Law in a Nutshell
KF4288 .D8 2017
Leonard D. DuBoff
West Academic

Art Law: the Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers, & Artists
KF4288 .L47 2012
Ralph E. Lerner
Practising Law Institute

Arts Laws Conversations: a Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs
KF4288 .R87 2014
Elizabeth T. Russell
Ruly Press

Comics Startup 101: Key Legal and Business Issues for Comic Book Creators
KF2750 .V36 2017
Dirk Vanover

Entertainment Law in a Nutshell
KF4290 .B87 2013
Sherri Burr

Entertainment Law: Legal Concepts and Business Practices
KF2979 .S443
Thomas D. Selz

Getting Permission: Using & Licensing Copyright-Protected Materials Online & Off
KF3024.C6 S75 2016
Richard Stim

Kohn on Music Licensing
KF3035 .K64 2010
Al Kohn
Wolters Kluwer

Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts: Agreements and the Law
KF2979 .L53
Alexander Lindey

Mastering Art Law
KF4288 .L39 2015
Herbert Lazerow
Carolina Academic Press

Music Copyright Manual: the Definitive Guide to Music Copyright Law in the Digital Age
KF2995 .J47 2016
Jim Jesse
Rock N Roll Law

Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business
KF3036.Z9 S7 2015
Richard Stim

Taxation of Entertainers, Athletes, and Artists
KF6369.85 .S66 2015
Lionel S. Sobel
American Bar Association


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New Books - Carol Hassler

Stay informed about the latest additions to our collection by following our monthly New Book list. Each list is organized by topic and includes new books, new editions, and significant updates.

Subscribe to our RSS feed for title updates or check our newsletter each month for the latest link. Library cardholders can check out books at our Madison or Milwaukee locations, or borrow books through the mail.

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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

Adding a second screen to your browser

Just in case you can't get enough screen time, there's an easy way to display two screens at the same time within your browser.

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Firefox users can add Tile Tabs as a browser extension, which lets you split your screen with a single click. To find extensions, click on the hamburger button / triple bar in the upper right hand corner of Firefox. Choose Add-ons and search for "Tile Tabs." Once you have added Tile Tabs to Firefox, the extension's button will appear in the Toolbar at the top of the screen. To turn on a split screen, simply click that button. To go back to full screen, click the button again. To display more than two screens, right click on the Tile Tabs button and choose "More," then Add a Tile- above, left, right or below.

If you pay attention to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen (in Windows), you'll notice that this tool essentially opens new windows as you add tiles to your main browser window. The benefit of this extension is that it automatically resizes them, which means that you don't have to grab and drag windows to re-size them individually.

Chrome users can get the same effect by adding the Tab Scissors extension. To find extensions in Chrome click the vertical dot menu in the upper right corner of Chrome, choose More Tools, and then Extensions. Search for "Tab Scissors." After adding the Tab Scissors extension to the Toolbar, click the button whenever you wish to add another screen. A related extension is Tab Glue which puts all the split screens back together.

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Library News - Carol Hassler

Town Lawyers Conference

Seeking donations of Annual Town Lawyers Conference materials

Do you have old copies of Annual Town Lawyers Conference materials? We are trying to fill in some gaps in our collection of these information-rich seminars, which are published by the University of Wisconsin Continuing Legal Education (CLEW) program. If you have 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, or 2015 conference materials and would like to donate them to the library, please contact Amy Crowder, Deputy Law Librarian, at amy.crowder@wicourts.gov.

Local bar association presentations

Is your local bar association looking for a program to offer at an upcoming meeting? A librarian from the State Law Library can travel to your town and present a CLE-credit class on the library website, services, and research materials we provide for practicing attorneys. For more information, and to schedule a presentation, please contact Julie Tessmer, State Law Librarian, at julie.tessmer@wicourts.gov.

Upcoming classes

Our libraries will offer several classes in April and May. Register early to save your spot for these free Spring CLE-credit opportunities!

In Madison:

  • Wisconsin Court System Website
  • Introduction to Lexis Advance
  • Introduction to Westlaw
  • Advanced Westlaw
  • Introduction to Wisconsin Legislative History

In Milwaukee:

  • Intermediate Research on Westlaw

Improved wireless at the State Law Library

Enjoy faster connection speeds and stronger signals with our new wireless service at the David T. Prosser Jr. Library. Visitors can easily use library databases, including WestlawNext, on their own devices with our updated wireless connection. Look for the "LawLibrary" network the next time you come in.

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April Snapshot

Cake and teacup

It's a hardship, but somebody has to taste test this recipe before our National Library Week open house on April 10.
Photo by Carol Hassler

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