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Statistical Resources

When searching for statistics, I often start with The University of Michigan Library’s “Statistical Resources on the Web.” This comprehensive list of online resources is well-organized and quite user friendly. The researcher can either select a topic or use the ...

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Site offers summaries of Internet law

The Internet Law Library is a Web site maintained by Attorney Martin Samson. This online database features summaries of hundreds of cases dealing with Internet law. The site allows the researcher to view cases by subject area, browse a listing ...

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Google’s new look for Advanced Search

If you didn’t notice, Google has changed the look of their Advanced Search screen. I wrote a while back about the importance of utilizing an engine’s advanced search option. By creating your query within the structure of the advanced search, ...

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Resources help identify legislative intent

Identifying legislative intent is often a challenge. Occasionally the courts will discuss what they believe the legislature was thinking when drafting a statute. Absent that discussion, Wisconsin researchers follow several steps hoping to understand the thought process behind the creation ...

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MU Sports Law

With everyone paying attention to Wisconsin sports this week, I had to highlight the Sports Law Institute at Marquette Law School. The website offers a collection of useful sports law links to online periodicals, research sites, news sources, and organizations. ...

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Maritime at Milwaukee Public

I was recently on the Milwaukee Public Library website and noticed something new. It is a database called Project Shipshape. I’ve known about the library’s great Maritime collection, but not familiar with this project. I spoke to a Humanities librarian ...

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National Center for State Courts

The National Center for State Courts is another one of those websites where it would be impossible to summarize all their features in just one post. The amount of data available on this site is wonderful. One item I seem ...

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New Look for K&L Gates E-Discovery Database

K&L Gates’ Electronic Discovery Law blog focuses on the evolving landscape of electronic discovery. Posts address “legal issues, news and best practices relating to the discovery of electronically stored information.” One item that sets them apart is their case database, ...

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Online resources for going green

Many businesses and municipalities are striving to “go green.” The focus of this effort can range from reducing waste, to utilizing energy efficient resources, to constructing buildings using new technologies. Some companies have begun by encouraging two-sided printing, using recycling ...

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Looking for Government Publications?

Okay, you have heard it before – starting with the right online tool will save time. One such tool when looking for Federal publications is the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. The Government Printing Office (GPO) maintains the site. They ...

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EPA Adds New Features

In January, the EPA updated their “Laws, Regulations, Guidance, and Dockets” page. The site “has been enhanced with easily accessible ways to search and comment on EPA regulations and significant guidance documents, and to learn how environmental regulations are written. ...

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FAA site tracks flight delays

During the recent winter storm I dreamed of being in Hawaii or the Bahamas. However, instead of scheduling flights, I shoveled a lot of snow. Throughout the week, I did keep my eye on several airports since I have family ...

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Medical images at your fingertips

Attorneys that specialize in Personal Injury or medical issues usually have an extensive collection of medical resources. For others looking for medical images, a great place to start is the Medical Image Databases on the Internet maintained by University of ...

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Uniform laws

In an earlier post, I listed tips to improve search results (read here). One suggestion was to “start with the right engine.” We often run our search in board spectrum engines such as Google when a specialized search engine or ...

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Let the Sun Shine In!

It’s called “insanely useful web sites” and that is just what it is! The Sunlight Foundation has a web page dedicated to government transparency. Sites listed monitor legislative activity, campaign contributions, legislative proceedings, government contracts, DOJ documents, and much more. ...

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Do you have a form for that?

I wonder how many forms the average law firm fills out in a week. It amazes me just how many exist. Regularly used forms are easy to find, but where do you look when in search of something new? Sure, ...

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Constitution Finder

The University of Richmond maintains a wonderful website called the “Constitution Finder.” It is a database of the constitutions, charters, amendments, etc. from several hundred countries. The site design is a clean, easy to use interface. Once the country of ...

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Great Access to Scholarly Articles

Many launch their research by reading journal articles. Scholarly pieces can offer insight into a new area, identify seminal cases or issues, or provide much needed analysis. I rely on a few quality sites for full-text articles. One worth bookmarking ...

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Site offers government abbreviations and acronyms

Library websites are often times a gold mine. I admire my colleagues’ efforts to bring quality information to the public. One such find is the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Library’s Abbreviations & Acronyms of the U.S. Government. It is an ...

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A different map search engine

Most of us utilize Mapquest, Yahoo!, or Google for our primary map searching tool. Each offers wonderful features, like Mapquest’s Gas Prices link. However, I would like to suggest another site to check out. Have you tried Metrobot? I use ...

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The beauty of advanced search

Everyone loves the information available on the Internet. Everyone hates pages of irrelevant hits. One possible way to reduce retrieving useless results is to use the “advanced search” option offered by some engines. By starting out on this “Advanced” page, ...

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New blog offers research tips

Welcome! The genesis of this blog was a conversation I had with two fellow law librarians. With the new design of the Wisconsin Law Journal website, we discussed the importance of librarians sharing their knowledge with those attorneys and legal ...

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Tips for tracking down toy info

Whether you are researching toys for a legal matter or as a parent (it is the holiday season), two common issues are safety and age appropriateness. Check out these websites to assist in your quest. The first stop for most ...

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Statistical Web sites by the numbers

Numbers are important. The legal field often utilizes statistics for justification or explanation. This article highlights several quality Web sites that provide statistical data on a variety of topics. Some provide information in a simple chart, while others allow the ...

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