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Historical Blue Books

I often think people forget the valuable information that can be found in the Wisconsin Blue Book. The various “profiles” beginning each section provide a nice overview or historical perspective. The Special Articles (PDF) are often packed with useful data. ...

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Federal Citizen Information Center

Remember those public service announcements informing us about various government publications available from an address in Pueblo, Colorado? Well, those documents are available online (or available to order online) through the Federal Citizen Information Center. To locate documents, users can ...

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Physician Information

Sometimes it is important to gather more information on a physician than what is found on their web biography. Both Westlaw and Lexis offer some excellent reports and resources. In addition, some places to check include: State of Wisconsin Department ...

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Financial Calculators

Have you ever wondered how much money you need to save each month to pay for your new baby’s college education? Or, perhaps, you’re looking for a “cost of living” comparison? Bankrate.com may have a calculator to assist you. Bankrate.com ...

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Computer Security Resource Center

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Computer Security Division exists to “provide standards and technology to protect information systems against threats to the confidentiality of information.” For researchers in this area, their Resource Center may be a place to ...

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U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

The USCIS site offers much for the researcher. The “Laws and Regulation” section provides “information on laws, regulations and interpretations controlling immigration and the work of the immigration-related bureaus of the Department of Homeland Security.” The page provides links to ...

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Literature Search – Philanthropy and Nonprofit

The Foundation Center, a national nonprofit service organization, offers the Catalog on Nonprofit Literature. This searchable database contains over 28,000 bibliographic citations (most with abstracts) to articles dealing with philanthropy. If the researcher selects the “simple search,” a general keyword ...

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League of Municipalities

When conducting research regarding municipal issues, the Wisconsin League of Municipalities’ website is a place you may want to stop. The site offers a variety of legal comments written by their staff attorneys. A general subject index can be found ...

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State Legislation – StateScape

StateScape (which is a fee-based service) offers a FREE BillFinder search for researching state legislation. Per the site, “BillFinder helps you find any bill eligible for consideration in the current calendar year using either keywords and phrases or bill numbers.” ...

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American Rhetoric

Dr. Michael Eidenmuller at the University of Texas – Tyler created the American Rhetoric website. The website maintains a database of over 5000 “full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded ...

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SEDAR – Canadian Securities Database

SEDAR “is the official site that provides access to most public securities documents and information filed by public companies and investment funds with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA).” (Think EDGAR for the Northern Territories). The site has two primary features. ...

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Shorten the URL

It can be very frustrating when you send a URL link to a colleague just to discover the transmission was unsuccessful due to its length. To ensure this does not happen, I have always used TinyURL to shorten long URL’s ...

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Bankruptcy Statistics

I have been asked several times over the past few months to gather various Bankruptcy statistics. I located a variety of useful sites, and thought I’d share them. American Bankruptcy Institute – The American Bankruptcy Institute maintains a vast amount ...

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Chilling Effects

The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse maintains a database of legal complaints pertaining to online activity. It is “a unique collaboration among law school clinics and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.” The website lists the various universities involved with the program. The “site ...

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SEC Enforcement Manual

The Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Enforcement’s Manual (the Red Book) is available online. The introduction states: The Enforcement Manual (“Manual”) is an electronic document designed to be a reference for the staff in the U.S. Securities and Exchange ...

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FCC EDOCS

The Federal Communications Commission offers a nice search tool called EDOCS. EDOCS allows the researcher “to search a database of Daily Digest entries for FCC documents posted to the FCC web site since March 1996.” The Daily Digest is a ...

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Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual Online

New this week! The complete Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual is available online. It can be found here. Per a recent Wisconsin Department of Revenue notification – The Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual (WPAM) serves as the guide for uniform property assessment. ...

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Codes of Ethics

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, which is part of the Illinois Institute of Technology, maintains a wide collection of “codes of ethics.” The Codes of Ethics Online consists of professional societies, corporations, government, and academic ...

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FRED – Federal Reserve Economic Data

FRED® is an excellent resource for all things economic. It is maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. They describe the site as one that “offers a wealth of economic data and information to promote economic education and ...

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Recap of Stimulus Websites

There is quite a buzz around the availability of online Stimulus bill information. I have done two prior posts on websites dedicated to this topic (Recovery.gov and Mayor’s Wish List for Stimulus Money). As things are progressing, I have been ...

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Wisconsin TechSearch

A young associate at my firm needed a non-legal journal article from the 1980s. He seemed mystified that it was not available online, or easily accessible. I attribute this to two things. The first is that he is from the ...

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International Law in U.S. Courts

If you are ever looking for discussion of international law within U.S. Courts, the American Society of International Law may have the site for you. i.Lex is an online database “of select U.S. court cases and related materials is designed ...

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Neighborhood Data Center

The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee maintains a collection of maps and data they call the Neighborhood Data Center. Take a look around. The website describes the resources as “data, maps, reports, and analyzes to allow organizations to better plan and ...

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Recovery.gov is up and running

Recovery.gov, the government website established to track the stimulus bill money, is up and running. One of the first things you notice about the site is the timeline. The entries start in February of 2009 and, currently, continue through July ...

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Federal Pattern Jury Instructions and Others

Ask BILL!, a compilation of great resources gathered by the 7th Circuit library, offers links to several Pattern Jury Instructions. Categories include Federal Pattern Jury Instructions, District Court Pattern Jury Instructions, and Patent Jury Instructions. Users of the site will ...

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Mayors’ Wish Lists for Stimulus Money

General information regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 can be found on Thomas. However, some researchers are interested in specific applications of the funds. Many mayors have created wish lists regarding the spending of stimulus monies. The ...

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Capitol Words

The Sunlight Foundation has an interesting site entitled “Capitol Words.” Per their website, Capitol Words “visualizes the most frequently used words in the Congressional Record, giving you an at-a-glance view of which issues lawmakers address.” The site provides users with ...

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Military Legal Research

The Library of Congress maintains a resource for military legal research. The site is part of the “Federal Research Division.” On this website, a researcher will find a variety of items including court martial manuals, Army regulations, Geneva Convention materials, ...

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Lexis Web

Lexis Web is the new legal search engine offered by LexisNexis. The product is in beta and currently free. According to the user guide (PDF), the “Lexis Web product includes important, legal-oriented Web content selected and validated by the LexisNexis ...

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