WSLL @ Your Service Oct. 2003
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
|What's new -- Julie Tessmer||Learn @ The Law Library|
State Law Librarian Jane Colwin taught sessions on using Loislaw for legal research at the Wisconsin Judicial College held in Wisconsin Dells September 15th-19th. Jane’s class was part of “Computer Solutions for Judges,” a hands-on training session aimed at veteran judges.
Jane Colwin and Connie Von Der Heide, Reference/Outreach Services Librarian, presented the “Legal Research in a Nutshell” class to over 20 librarians in the Waukesha County Federated Library System on September 12th. The class covered the basic resources used in conducting Wisconsin legal research, in both print and online formats.
Deputy Law Librarian Julie Tessmer, a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve since 1995, was recently promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7). Tessmer serves as a Chief Legalman with Legal Service Office 113, attached to the Naval Reserve Center in Chicago. Only twelve Legalmen in the entire Naval Reserve were selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer this year.
Amy Crowder, Web Resources Librarian/Cataloger, gave birth to a son, Sean Paul Crowder on September 8th. Congratulations to Amy and her husband, Paul.
Did you know that October is Computer Learning Month? Why not celebrate by taking one of the State Law Library’s upcoming hands-on legal research training classes! The registration form is available on our Classes & Tours webpage .
Internet Tips & Tricks
Wisconsin Briefs Online
Our website also links to many helpful guides for locating and using various legal resources, both print and electronic. Visit our homepage and click on Legal Research Guides in the lower right corner.
Need more help? Please contact our Reference Desk, and we’ll do our best to assist you!
|WSLL Web -- Elaine Sharp||Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk|
Whatever happened to OAG?
| Tips for Microsoft Word Users
Shrink to Fit
Know your Options
Another setting under Options dictates how many files are listed in your “Recently Used Files” list (found near the bottom of the File menu). To change it, click the General tab in the Options window, and next to “Recently Used File List” change the number of files you would like listed, up to a maximum of 9. If you want to turn this option off completely, uncheck the box.
Beware of Email Impersonators
Several large companies and their customers have recently been victims of email impersonators. This scam starts with an email sent to customers asking them to verify information such as account numbers or credit card data. The email appears to come from the customer service department of the company, and even includes a clickable web address (URL) inviting the customer to visit the company’s customer service webpage. The URL generally leads to a “dummy” webpage that looks and feels just like the company’s real webpage. The goal of the email is to elicit enough personal and account information to steal the victim’s money or identity. Companies that have been victimized by this type of scam include Best Buy and PayPal. It is recommended that consumers never provide account information via email. For more information see this consumer alert from the Federal Trade Commission.
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Odds 'n' Endings -- Connie Von Der Heide
Notables for October
Oct. 16 - Dictionary Day. Birthday of Noah Webster, Father of the Dictionary, born 1758. Source
Oct. 20 - International Internet Day. October 20, 1999 was the first International Internet Day, celebrating 30 years of the Internet. Source
Oct. 31 - Halloween. Learn more about the origins of this spooky day from HistoryChannel.com and visit Madison-based WISC-TV Channel 3’s forthcoming Halloween Guide or area trick or treat times and other information.
Weirdness and Witches
This being the month of Halloween, it seems appropriate to highlight the Weird Wisconsin web site, mastered by Rick Hendricks. Rick, who is also a law librarian, has been researching and collecting information about Wisconsin “weirdnesses” for several years, and presents his findings and knowledge on this well-organized site. Take a look!
While the Salem Witchcraft Trials are not associated in any way with Halloween, they also came to mind while preparing this column (Halloween, witches…you get the idea). To learn more about them, visit the “Famous Trials” project by Doug Linder, professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. The project includes extensive materials on a number of historic and noteworthy cases, including the Salem Witchcraft Trials which took place June through September 1692.
You can also link to “Famous Trials” and many other historic legal resources and documents on the State Law Library’s Historic Documents webpage .
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