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Sports Law

Anyone who has read my blog over the last few years knows that each spring, around opening day, I feature a sports law website. This year’s winner is Valparaiso University School of Law’s Sports Law Database. This free tool contains ...

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Judicial Humor

I find it entertaining when a judge puts a bit of humor in an opinion or when they are creative when drafting a decision. Several years ago, a friend told me about Fischer v. Lowe, 333 N.W. 2d 67 (Mich. ...

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PACER improvements

Bonnie Shucha, in her recent WisBlawg post, discusses the new PACER Case Locator. Check it out. This interface replaces and improves the old U.S. Party/Case Index. And, there is more news regarding PACER. The Judicial Conference approved “key steps to ...

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Nutrient Database

Looking for the nutrient content of a particular food? Try the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, release 22. It “contains data on 7,538 food items for up to 143 components.” The mission of the data laboratory which compiles ...

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Badgerlink

On Tuesday morning I heard an advertisement for Badgerlink on my favorite classic rock radio station. I was so excited! If you are not familiar with it, Badgerlink is an amazing FREE service offered by the Department of Public Instruction. ...

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Company Organizational Charts

Ever need to find out the organizational structure, including specific individuals, for a company? A free online tool that may help is Cogmap. Cogmap is a wiki that houses organizational charts for thousands of companies. Like other wiki’s this tool ...

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Manuals Online

Manuals Online is a collection of user manuals, service manuals and instructional guides for a significant number of products. The search option allows the researcher to enter in a brand, model number, or keyword. The site also permits browsing by ...

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Can we tape?

I love when I find websites that offer a 50 state survey on a particular topic. Can we tape? is a website published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The site provides a “practical guide to taping ...

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Legal Research Skills

I recently read an interesting article by Sarah Valentine entitled, “Legal Research as a Fundamental Skill: A Lifeboat for Students and Law Schools.” It reminded me of several things I believe most of us know, but fail to implement when ...

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Famous FBI Cases

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has an interesting webpage that discusses several famous cases. The cases fall into several categories including terrorism, organized crime, historical ten most wanted, and civil rights. Following a case link provides the researcher with background ...

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Intellectual Property Statistics

The World Intellectual Property Organization is an agency of the United Nations. Per their website, it is “dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while ...

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Making of America

Making of America is a digital library of historical materials collaboratively developed by the University of Michigan and Cornell University. The collection consists of “primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly ...

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Tax Research and Data

As the end of the year approaches, many of us think about taxes. The Tax Foundation offers a variety of information on many areas of taxation. The Tax Foundation is a nonpartisan educational organization and research group. Their website provides ...

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Antitrust Information

The Resource page of American Antitrust Institute’s website provides researchers antitrust information. Some is quite basic, while other material is written for the seasoned researcher. The American Antitrust Institute “is an independent Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization. Our ...

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Case Law Available via Google Scholar

Google has put out a formal announcement regarding their new feature — the ability to use Google Scholar to locate Federal and State case law (and patents too). This is another option for researching cases online. There are several good ...

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E-books on your PC?

We have all heard about the various portable e-readers available. A few examples include the Sony Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Amazon Kindle. (I personally own a Kindle). There are also electronic reader apps that can be ...

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Property Soil Data

Need to know soil information on a particular piece of property? The Wisconsin Soils Program from the National Resources Conservation Service can offer several options. Following the link entitled “Soil Survey Information and Products” presents the researcher with several interactive ...

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Dictionary of Occupational Titles?

Looking for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles? The Department of Labor replaced the Dictionary of Occupational Titles with O*Net. O*Net stands for the Occupational Information Network. The website is an extensive collection of resources. It combines data about various occupations, ...

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Company Research

When conducting company research, one site to consider as a starting point is CorporationWiki. The website allows the researcher to search businesses in over 25 states. It also supports an index to browse by company name or a person’s name. ...

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National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice “is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues.” The website offers a variety of information worth investigating. The topical index ...

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Librarian Favorites

The other week, I polled Milwaukee area law librarians asking them what are some of their favorite non-legal websites. I always appreciate learning about new and different sites, because as we all know, sometimes our research takes us beyond the ...

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Tracking Health Legislation

I have written about the National Conference of State Legislatures in the past. However, I wanted to mention that they have a great database for tracking health care legislation. The “NCSL Health Information Technology Legislative Tracking Database tracks health information ...

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Wisconsin History

The Wisconsin Historical Society has numerous valuable resources. It is a gold mine for doing research on any number of Wisconsin issues. Do you need some information on older Wisconsin corporations? The Historical Society “houses incorporation papers and charter documents ...

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National Labor Relations Board

The NLRB website offers an extensive amount of information. An analysis of all the various features would result in a lengthy article. For this blog post, I’ll just mention a few. Many people are familiar with the Board Decisions. The ...

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Assure, Ensure, or Insure – Grammar hints

I am often asked what sites I would recommend for online grammar guides. There is the standard Strunk’s Elements of Style. Another site to check is the Guide to Grammar and Style by Professor Jack Lynch. Professor Lynch is an ...

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Living Wage Calculator

Pennsylvania State University maintains an interesting site called the Living Wage Calculator. It was developed to “estimate the cost of living in your community or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected ...

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Come Fly with Me!

Trying to find out if an individual possesses a pilot’s license/certification? As an alternative to the FAA site, try Landings.com. The site maintains an extensive database, with several search options. The simple template includes a variety of fields including name, ...

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Tax Court Centralized

The U.S. Tax Court website provides a variety of resources. For those new to Tax Court, the site has a great introduction video that outlines the process. A useful tool for practitioners is the online version of the “Rules of ...

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