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WSLL @ Your Service   Sept. 2004
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

Learn @ The Law Library -- Connie Von Der Heide   Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk

Hands-On Classes
Our fall hands-on legal research classes are filling up fast. Check the schedule and register today!

We’d like to thank guest instructors Diane Duffey, librarian at Habush Habush & Rottier, Milwaukee and Theodore A. Potter, assistant director at Marquette University Law Library, for presenting their class “Using the Internet for Case Preparation” here at WSLL in July. The class received high marks from everyone who attended.

LLAW Legal Research Articles win AALL Award
If you’re a regular reader of the Wisconsin Lawyer, the Wisconsin Law Journal and/or Class Action (Wisconsin Association of Legal Administrators newsletter), perhaps you have seen some of the articles on legal research written by members of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin. LLAW publishes these articles to educate lawyers and the public about legal resources, and to raise awareness that law librarians are experts in the field of legal research. In recognition of their efforts, LLAW received the American Association of Law Libraries Excellence in Marketing Award during the July 2004 AALL annual meeting in Boston. Congratulations, LLAW!

A complete bibliography of published articles by LLAW members is available on the LLAW Bibliography webpage.


The Long and Short of Personalized and Full Menus in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word 2000 users can choose whether to display short (personalized) or long (full) menus when using Word. The short or personalized menu option displays only the basic functions and the functions you use most often. It hides the functions you rarely use. For example, under the Tools menu, Spelling & Grammar; Envelopes and Labels; Options; and Customize are all functions I use frequently and these, along with a few other functions, are displayed when I click on the Tools menu. Functions I rarely use, such as Mail Merge; Track Changes; and Letter Wizard are hidden but come to the surface when I click on the small arrow at the bottom of the short menu.

Personalized menus are nice, but if you prefer to see all your function choices regardless of how often you use them, it’s easy to change to full menu views. Under the Tools menu, choose Customize. Then, click on the Options tab. Uncheck the box next to “Menus show recently used commands first.” Click Close and now you should have “long” menus in Microsoft Word.

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WSLL Web -- Amy Crowder   Odds 'n' Endings -- Julie Tessmer

In honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, this month's column spotlights constitutional law resources.

A Good Source on the Web
Our Constitutions page is a good starting point for finding web information about the U.S. Constitution. It contains links to websites providing full-text of articles and amendments, analyses of cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, history and documents leading up to the Constitution, and more. You can also link to constitutions of Wisconsin, other states, and other countries.

Remember Print
Of course, you will want to use print resources to enhance your research. The Library's collection contains federal and state judicial opinions, state constitution reference guides, the journals of the 1846 and 1848 Wisconsin constitutional conventions, Native American constitutions, treatises and law reviews on constitutional law, and more. Search the Library's catalog or contact Reference Staff for assistance.

Image is Everything
Ever wanted to see the original U.S. Constitution? Visit the Charters of Freedom, which is part of the National Archives Experience. This NARA website lets you view images of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other founding documents. You can also read transcripts of the original documents and download high-resolution images. Find this website and other image resources on the Library's Historic Documents and Constitutions pages.

Kids and the Constitution
Kids, Save the Bill of Rights! The "Official National Computer" has crashed and it's your mission to restore the Bill of Rights. You must find the missing rights and freedoms in Freeville and, along the way, learn about the U.S. Constitution. Successfully restore the files to the National Computer and you can sign and date your own copy of the Bill of Rights. Begin your mission here!

To learn more about the U.S. Constitution, read Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids. Older children may also want to visit Congress for Kids.


Notables for September

1 – On September 1, 1807 former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of plotting to annex parts of Louisiana and Spanish territory in Mexico to be used toward the establishment of an independent republic. He was acquitted on the grounds that, though he had conspired against the United States, he was not guilty of treason because he had not engaged in an "overt act," a requirement of the law governing treason. Nevertheless, public opinion condemned him as a traitor, and he fled to Europe. more

6 - Labor Day. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. For more information on Labor Day see the United States Department of Labor’s website.

Need speech material for Labor Day? Check out the brand new Labor Day bibliography in the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau’s Tap the Power series.

12 - National Grandparents Day. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

17 -Constitution Day

22 – It’s time to find your rakes, fall is on the way. The Autumnal Equinox marks the date when sun crosses the equator and night and day are of equal length. For a more detailed explanation, as well as a discussion of the significance of the Equinox in ancient cultures, see the Universe in Motion, hosted by the University of Texas.

Banned Books Week is Sept 25-October 2. This year’s theme is “Elect to Read a Banned Book.” The American Library Association’s Banned Books webpage includes information on intellectual freedom, guides for librarians, and a list of the 100 most frequently challenged books.

Ask a Librarian:  800-322-9755; 608-267-9696 (In Madison); wsll.ref@wicourts.gov
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