The Wisconsin State Law Library just released their February 2008 newsletter. In a look back at 2007, Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, highlights several items. One interesting fact is that the WSLL website received “over a half million hits – with Legal Topics A-Z being the most popular destination.” Were you one of them?
I have discussed the WSLL a few times in recent months. I use their website and catalog often and I am still discovering features. Your time is valuable. The various items offered on the WSLL website can assist in quickly locating information. Two great sections of the website that I have not previously discussed include:
The Legal Research Guides, which gathers and organizes online pathfinders to assist when initiating your research. (Like when you have to do a legislative history for the first time in many years.)
- The Historical Documents section provides links to numerous documents and collections.
In addition, the WSLL houses materials, biennial reports and statistical summaries from the Judicial Council. If you qualify for a library card, I encourage you to obtain one. Cardholders may borrow materials (they circulate by mail for judges and attorneys). Possessing a library card will also give you desktop access to certain legal databases. Contact the librarians for additional information. Not from Wisconsin or conducting research in other States? I guarantee that the State Law Library in your area offers some amazing materials. For a directory of State Law Libraries, check out the National Center for State Courts.