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Resources on the U.S. Supreme Court

If you are an avid U.S. Supreme Court watcher, the U.W. Law Library has a solid collection of resources about the history of the court and its justices. Books are located on level two (call number range KF 8200 to 8500). A research guide, U.S. S ...

Posted Mar 9, 2016 by Cheryl O'Connor

One Hundred Days Before Trial : a family lawyer's guide to preparation and strategy

Need 100 tips to write a great brief?  Check out The Winning Brief : 100 tips for persuasive briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts (Reserve KF251 .G37 2014) .  Need another 100 tips to make your case ready for trial?  Check out ...

Posted Feb 23, 2016 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

ProQuest Regulatory Insight for Administrative Law Research

The UW Law Library recently added ProQuest Regulatory Insight to its database holdings. There are numerous electronic resources that offer full text searching of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations.  What makes Regulat ...

Posted Feb 17, 2016 by Cheryl O'Connor

Search and Compare State Laws with Hein Online's National Survey of State Laws

UPDATE: Hein Online was kind enough to email me after this article was posted. The National Survey of State Laws will be updated quarterly, and some of the topics that users can look for are Interest Rates, Medical Records and Marijuana Laws. If ...

Posted Feb 9, 2016 by Kristopher Turner

People Searches on the Web

Search Engines & Social Media You can begin to search for a person using a popular search engine, such as Google or Bing , or a social media site such as Facebook or LinkedIn .  In fact, you probably have used these sites from time t ...

Posted Jan 28, 2016 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Effective Dec. 1, 2015, new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) came into force.  The Civil Rules affected are Rule 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37 and 55.  Rule 84 and the Appendix of Forms were eliminated entir ...

Posted Jan 19, 2016 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

The Book We Love to Hate

    There is an interesting article in the New York Times regarding the history of the Bluebook.  Apparently Harvard Law School did not create the "Uniform System of Citation", but rather the idea originated with the Yale La ...

Posted Dec 14, 2015 by Cheryl O'Connor

How to search for non-law articles using library resources

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Posted Dec 7, 2015 by Kristopher Turner

Flare Index to Treaties

The FLARE Index to Treaties , sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), is a searchable database of treaty information, both current and historical dating back to 1353. It is focused in particular on multilateral ...

Posted Dec 1, 2015 by Sunil Rao,

Where to get Your Holiday Shopping Discount Mobile Apps

After final exams, it's time to enjoy your holiday break.  Here are a few articles that feature apps that are designed to help you locate the latest shopping discount & deals for Black Friday and beyond.  To find coupons & get ...

Posted Nov 23, 2015 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Harvard Law teams up with Ravel Law to provide free access online to U.S. case law

   The "Free the Law " initiative is an open access project designed to provide free access online to all of American case law.  The Harvard Law School Library's collection of over 42,000 volumes will be scanned to provide digital ...

Posted Nov 16, 2015 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Clinical Law Programs and Related Research Guides

The UW Law School's highly regarded clinical programs provide a hands-on, practical learning experience for many students.  And if part of that experiential learning involves legal research, the Law Library has you covered.  There are ...

Posted Nov 9, 2015 by Cheryl O'Connor

Link Rot: How to preserve your citations with Perma.CC

Link Rot. Even the name sounds gross. What it means is even worse, especially for legal scholars and law students. Link rot is what happens when a website suddenly disappears, or the content on that page is changed by the site's owner, render ...

Posted Nov 2, 2015 by Kristopher Turner

South Asian Law Online

Looking for legal information on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka?Visit the law library's new Research Guide on South Asian digital resources. The purpose of the Guide is to provide links to those sites which contain or serve asgate ...

Posted Oct 28, 2015 by Sunil Rao,

Finding Your Topic: Databases worth browsing

Stuck on where to go to find a topic for your paper? Here are a few resources located at the Law Library to help you browse your way to a possible research topic. Law Library Research Guides : There are over 50+ Research Guides ...

Posted Oct 20, 2015 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Briefs and More Briefs

Last month's article introduced The Winning Brief : 100 tips for persuasive briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts .   Today's feature will be a short introduction to three more titles in the library's collection you may find useful toward ...

Posted Oct 12, 2015 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

E-Resources : What's New at the Law Library

The UW Law Library is always on the look-out for new, electronic resources which support the research needs of our students and faculty.   Thanks to my colleague, Sunil Rao, for compiling this handy list which highlights the most recent add ...

Posted Oct 6, 2015 by Cheryl O'Connor

Just Mercy: A Book Review

Trying to write a review for Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy is difficult. Not because I don’t know what to say, but because it has likely been said already, and by more seasoned book reviewers. I’ll give it my best shot, but first some back ...

Posted Sep 28, 2015 by Kristopher Turner

8 Brainstorming Tips for Legal Writing: Finding Your Topic

Want to write a scholarly article but don't know where to start?  Here are 8 brainstorming tips to help you organize your thoughts. First, recognize that moving from organized outline to paragraphs to a final term paper edited by your Engli ...

Posted Sep 23, 2015 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Max Planck Encyclopeida of Public International Law Online

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law , is an excellent starting point for research on virtually all subjects in international law. A product of Oxford University Press in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Com ...

Posted Sep 15, 2015 by Sunil Rao,

The Winning Brief : 100 tips for persuasive briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts

Students and scholars of law all have much to learn from Bryan A. Garner.  Many of you will already know him as the Editor in Chief of the modern Black's Law Dictionary .  This alone makes him a virtual wordsmith, but he doesn't stop t ...

Posted Sep 8, 2015 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Back To School

   A warm welcome from the staff at the UW Law Library to the incoming class of 2018 and all returning students! Before classes start, feel free to stop at the reference desk for a personalized library tour or relax in one of the libr ...

Posted Aug 24, 2015 by Cheryl O'Connor

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2015

    Submitted by your Law Library Staff, Best Wishes for the future! 

Posted May 5, 2015 by Kristopher Turner

Don't Forget to Write: Advice for New Graduates

How do you create a professional identity after graduation?  One excellent way to build a professional reputation and share your passion for an area of law is to write articles for a legal publisher.  Consider submitting articles to yo ...

Posted Apr 27, 2015 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

New Resource for Comparative Constitutional Research

Constitute is a free, searchable database of 194 constitutionsworldwide. While not as comprehensive as World Constitutions Illustrated , Constitute incorporates a special feature that allows the researcher to compare constitutions, with rele ...

Posted Apr 21, 2015 by Sunil Rao,

What Are Our Faculty Reading?

"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. "  Kathleen Norris, Hands Full of Living , 1931 As part of our National Law Week Celebration, we thought it would be interesting to share ...

Posted Apr 12, 2015 by Cheryl O'Connor

Celebrate National Library Week

                                       First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is observed every April to promote the important contribut ...

Posted Apr 12, 2015 by Cheryl O'Connor

Apps to provide access to legal help

Many lawyers (and librarians) will tell you that information is out there, but connecting that information with the right user or client can be a challenge. These challenges come in myriad forms, ranging from technology to cost to distance. For ...

Posted Apr 7, 2015 by Kristopher Turner

How well do you know the U.S. Constitution?

featuring questions from:The Constitutional Convention of 1787 : a Comprehensive Encyclopedia of America's Founding By way of introduction, this two volume set provides comprehensive treatment of the persons, philosophies, debates, and compro ...

Posted Mar 24, 2015 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

U.S. Department of Justice Law Jobs App

Interested in finding a job or an internship at the Department of Justice? Check out the DOJ app for iOS and Android . To learn more about this app, see Posse List's announcement from November, 2014 for a review on the app's launch as well as ...

Posted Mar 20, 2015 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

What is the Web of Science?

Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge) is one of the "Top 10" databases on the UW Madison campus. With a highly integrated search platform, it provides researchers access to publications in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanitie ...

Posted Mar 5, 2015 by Cheryl O'Connor

New Collaborative Study Spaces and additional Wiscard Printing Available in the Law Library

Two new collaborative study spaces are now available in the Law Library. The Class of 1972 computer lab (Lab B) has been converted from individual quiet workstations to several large work areas ideal for collaboration .  There are three lar ...

Posted Mar 2, 2015 by Bonnie Shucha, Assistant Director for Public Services

The ABA Law Library Collection from Hein Online at the law library

Hein Online is one of the most powerful and useful resources that is available at the Law Library, and even better, it is available to any UW student, staff or faculty member. You can find the Hein Online library by clicking on "Databases" in t ...

Posted Feb 23, 2015 by Kristopher Turner

Selected recent A.L.R.6th Annotations

The A.L.R.6th is the newest series from the American Law Reports family of reporters. Besides the usual references to cases, statutes, and regulations which accompany every annotation, the new A.L.R.6th now includes references to trial materi ...

Posted Feb 18, 2015 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Sharing Links with Students, Faculty and Staff at the UW: How to Link Case Law on Your Course Page

Embedding a case in your course page is a great way to share case law with your students.  Here's a few Web services that allow you to link a case to your course page. Google Scholar , select case law --located under the Google Scholar s ...

Posted Feb 12, 2015 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

New Resource for Treaty Research

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Posted Feb 5, 2015 by Sunil Rao,

UW Law School's Alumni Authors

From renowned legal scholars to aspiring novelists, the University of Wisconsin Law School has an array of alumni that have published books in their careers. This newsletter post profiles Wayne R. LaFave, one of the most cited law professors in ...

Posted Jan 21, 2015 by Cheryl O'Connor

The new Law Library website is here!

For the past year, Law Library staff have been hard at work creating an improved website for users, whether they are faculty, staff, students or the public. Just in time for the start of the winter semester, the new site is up and running.  ...

Posted Jan 14, 2015 by Kristopher Turner

Library Lessons from Ferguson

Google these terms, "policing, Ferguson, LibGuides", and you will discover that libraries across the country are compiling timely bibliographies that discuss the crisis.  These library guides share a common theme: provide accurate informat ...

Posted Dec 17, 2014 by Cheryl O'Connor

VOTE for your favorite BLAWG!!

The American Bar Association (ABA) recently posted its 2014 ABA Journal Blawg 100 . You can click here to see the entire lineup. Now you can VOTE and help choose the ABA’s Hall of Fame !! Let the world know what you think about the ABA’s ...

Posted Dec 10, 2014 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Study Guides for Finals and Extended Hours

It's December already, and that means the Law Library can be of help as you prepare for your finals and as you get your last papers polished up. First, the Law Library is open extended hours from 7:30am until midnight Monday through Friday and ...

Posted Dec 1, 2014 by Kristopher Turner

Researching Wisconsin Legislative History - the board game

Want to research the history of a Wisconsin statute but don't know where to begin?  The Wisconsin State Law Library has created a simple, straight-forward, one page road map laid out like a game board: Researching Wisconsin Legislative Hist ...

Posted Nov 21, 2014 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Restricted Access at the Law Library

With final exams just a month away, restricted access at the Law Library begins on Friday, Nov. 7th.  Access to the library is limited to law students and those patrons doing legal research or using the government documents collection.  ...

Posted Nov 6, 2014 by Cheryl O'Connor

November 4th is election day

Midterm elections tend to be historically less well-attended than presidential elections. This year, however, may be different. Many news outlets are predicting that 2014 will be the most expensive midterm election ever , which may lead to a lar ...

Posted Nov 2, 2014 by Kristopher Turner

Rights of Prisoners, 4th ed. (2009 with Oct. 2014 update)

This week's book review focuses on the title Rights of Prisoners by Professor Michael B. Mushlin .  The author's goal is “to set out in one place a comprehensive description of the complex body of law that has developed governing the l ...

Posted Oct 29, 2014 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Videos on the legislative process

The Library of Congress, http://congress.gov , has created a set of nine videos on the legislative process of the federal government.  The topics include: an overview of the legislative process, introduction of bills, committee consideratio ...

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Law Stories

"Once Upon a Time..." Although not quite that simplistic, Foundation Press publishes an interesting series of text books called Law Stories .  There are more than 30 titles in the series which discuss major areas of the law ranging from ...

Posted Oct 6, 2014 by Cheryl O'Connor

State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books

For many years now, the State Bar of Wisconsin has published a fine line of very useful and informative State Bar CLE Books (a.k.a. the Brown Books) geared toward the practitioner and the timely practice of law.  The topics cover a range fr ...

Posted Sep 29, 2014 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Locating PACER's lost records online or elsewhere {UPDATE: The records are returning!}

UPDATE (9/23/14): It looks like the missing records will be restored by the Federal Judiciary .   Read on for information on how to find those missing cases if you'd like some extra information nonetheless! Here is the official letter that ...

Posted Sep 21, 2014 by Kristopher Turner

Tips for New Law Students: Hand-Written Notes, Suggested Readings

Tip One: Hand-Written Notes Did you know that a new study recommends taking hand-written notes in class for better retention?  According to an article in the Chronicles of Higher Education , students who take hand-written notes had better ...

Posted Sep 11, 2014 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian


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