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WSLL @ Your Service August 2010

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

Staff News

We're very excited to welcome back Julie Tessmer, deputy law librarian, who has returned to WSLL following eight months of Active Duty with the U.S. Navy. Julie, a Legalman Senior Chief Petty Officer in the Reserves, deployed to Baghdad, Iraq to serve with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Arabian Peninsula. Julie worked for the Liaison Officer to the Central Criminal Court of Iraq on the prosecution of individuals arrested for terrorist activities. In next month's issue, Julie will summarize her experiences working in the Iraqi court system.

WSLL bids fond farewell to Rebecca Light and Laura Lay, part time library assistants who have worked in shelving, Wisconsin appellate briefs, and circulation. We've greatly enjoyed having them as part of our staff and wish them both all the best!

Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Librarians in Denver July 10-14. She attended many substantive programs on law library and legal research issues and trends, consulted with library vendor representatives about new and improved products and publications, and met with other state, court and county law librarians to discuss issues of common interest.

Upcoming Classes

Registrations are now being accepted for our legal research classes scheduled through November. Topics include Wisconsin legislative history research strategies; Westlaw @ WSLL; HeinOnline; ethics research on Westlaw; and accessing Wisconsin Briefs online. Details and registration forms are available on our Classes page. Space is limited, so register today!

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This Just In – Pete Boll

New Edition! Traffic Law and Practice in Wisconsin, by Todd Meurer, et al
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2010
Fourth Edition
Call Number: KFW 2696 .T724

Newly revised since the 2008 supplement, this practical guide is useful for attorneys, judges, and law enforcement officials in navigating this complex area of law. This newest edition has been updated to reflect recent changes in statutory and case law. In particular, the 2009 budget act, 2009 WI Act 28 made several changes to Wisconsin's operating while intoxicated (OWI) law. For example, the act:

  • Criminalized first offense OWI if there is a passenger under age 16
  • Made 4th offense OWI a Class H felony if the offender has a conviction within 5 years

The fourth edition also addresses changes to municipal court administration and procedures as enacted by 2009 WI Act 402. These include:

  • Amending the requirements for reopening a municipal court judgment
  • Providing that an appeal from a municipal court judgment following a trial will be based on the record, unless a party files a timely notice for a new trial

The new edition also incorporates other developments such as a recent statutory change requiring vehicle owners to carry vehicle liability insurance, and the elimination of mandatory operating-privilege suspensions for drivers with a non-driving-related drug conviction.

New Edition! Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, by Alba Conte
Wolters Kluwer. Aspen Publishers, 2010
Fourth Edition
Call Number: KF 3467 .C661

The law of sexual harassment is constantly evolving, and the number of sexual harassment claims is dramatically on the rise. This comprehensive guide provides information needed to successfully litigate a sexual harassment claim. The new fourth edition discusses relevant administrative and legal proceedings, from client interviews to attorney's fees. It also describes state and federal remedies available to maximize recovery, including:

  • The development and elements of the claim
  • Sample pleadings
  • Discovery documents
  • Reviews of actual cases

Special attention is given to important topics such as suits by alleged harassers, insurance indemnification, and class actions.

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 in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Something Old, Something New

“Old” – CiteGenie

A great tool that's been around for a few years, but has never been featured in this column, is CiteGenie. CiteGenie generates a citation in correct Blue Book format. When using Westlaw or Lexis, this tool allows you to highlight a section of case law, right mouse click and “copy” the selected text to a clipboard. Then, when you paste the selected text into your word processing document, the Blue Book citation is automatically generated and entered after the text. It's a very slick and easy way to cite case law.

Here are a few caveats:

  1. CiteGenie is a FireFox plugin. You must download the plugin and be using Firefox.
  2. CiteGenie works best with case law and Lexis and Westlaw. (I tried it with Google Scholar and it works, but it doesn't generate a complete parallel citation in correct Blue Book format.)
  3. CiteGenie is free for 90 days. Further use requires registration and payment.

Overall, CiteGenie has received excellent reviews. It debuted as a tool to work with Westlaw, but it now works with Lexis and other websites as well. You can download CiteGenie from their website, which also contains helpful FAQs and a chart explaining what to expect when using it in conjunction with Westlaw, WestlawNext and Lexis.

New – Smartphone research

Lifehacker recently posted a useful comparison chart of Smart Phones on the market. For another chart-like comparison tool, see CNet.

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WSLL Recommends…

In this new monthly column we'll highlight a legal research tool, in print and/or electronic format, that is not freely available on the internet. We hope it will increase your knowledge of sources you're already familiar with, and help you expand your legal research toolkit.


The United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (USCCAN), published by West, collects selected Congressional and administrative legislative history materials from 1941 onwards. The title is issued in pamphlets and bound session bundles with a subject index and Table of Laws Enacted. Recent pamphlets include current session highlights about pending legislation as well.

This series includes the full text of new federal laws, selected committee reports, proclamations, executive orders, committee rosters, and more. The legislative history section also includes citations to the Congressional Record and bill numbers. Hearings are not included.

WSLL has:

Paper: 1944 - Current
Public Westlaw: 1948 - Current (database ID: USCCAN; legislative history reports: USCCAN-REP)

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Odds ‘n' Endings – Carol Hassler

Updated Title Alerts with HeinOnline

Many of our library card holders read recent full-text articles through the library's subscription to HeinOnline.

HeinOnline now boasts a new title alerts feature, which will email you every time the titles you select have been updated. Watch HeinOnline's short video tutorial (or read their how-to) and then set up your own alerts!

To set up an email alert, you must create and log in to a separate MyHein account after logging in to the database with your library card number.

Follow these steps to set up a MyHein account and create your first journal alert:

  1. Log in to HeinOnline with your library card (see our tutorial).
    Library computer users are logged in automatically – no card required.
  2. Select the “Law Journal Library” link on the left side of the start page.
  3. Choose the “MyHein” tab at the top.
  4. Select the “Create an Account” link on the left side, under the login boxes.
  5. Make up a username, password, and fill in the rest of your information, including the email address to which you would like alerts sent.
  6. Now that you've created a MyHein account, follow these steps from HeinOnline to create and manage your title alerts.
  7. To manage your MyHein account in the future, first login to HeinOnline using your library card number, then login to your individual MyHein account.

New Westlaw Blog

Westlaw reference attorneys have recently begun a blog featuring frequently asked questions and Westlaw research tips. Follow their tips at their Summer Associate Blog.

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