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Finals Time! Expanded Law Library hours and more support as the semester ends and summer begins

It's hard to believe that today is the last day of classes for the semester. This semester in particular has felt enormously long and yet oh-so-short. As I and other librarians have mentioned before, we've missed seeing many of you in-person ...

Posted Apr 21, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

New Law Library Research Guide on Repair and Reparations

Research Guides are online bibliographies to key resources by topic available through the UW library system. The latest research guide by the Law Library is on Repair and Reparations for African Americans .  A recent federal bill sponsored ...

Posted Apr 15, 2021 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Give some Structure to Your Research

Google has changed the way everyone researches, including legal researchers.  The universal search box has become ubiquitous in nearly all databases.  It’s also affected the way we fill those boxes.  Natural language searchi ...

Posted Mar 31, 2021 by Elizabeth Manriquez

Accessing Foreign Legal Gazettes Online

Foreign legal gazettes are one of the central sources for locating foreign law- a term that generally refers to the domestic law of any country outside of the United States. An official gazzette is a legal "newspaper" of a country that publish ...

Posted Mar 25, 2021 by Sunil Rao,

Hidden Gems: Underappreciated Law Library Resources

As the calendar wends it's way towards St. Patrick's Day, we start dreaming of spring - but also of finals and papers and presentations as the semester winds down. The secret is to not stress out - there are plenty of amazing resources right her ...

Posted Mar 10, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

Help Me, Librarian

*There's a famous line from a space fantasy film of some renowned,  "This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." Have you ever wished you knew someone with superpowers to help you in a desperate ...

Posted Mar 4, 2021 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

Recent A.L.R. Annotations - get your research going

The American Law Reports (A.L.R.) are a great place to start your research.  First appearing in 1919, the title's focused articles have offered expert guidance on legions of legal topics to generations of lawyers for over a century now. E ...

Posted Feb 23, 2021 by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian

Survey Says...

Are you stuck looking for a topic for an upcoming Note or paper?  State comparison surveys, or 50 state surveys, are a popular method for exploring how laws on a specific topic vary across the country.  50 state surveys can be cumberso ...

Posted Feb 19, 2021 by Elizabeth Manriquez

World Treaty Library: You May Not Need to Venture Anywhere Else ...

Looking for a 19th century treaty between the United States and China? Or perhaps an Obscure treaty between Great Britain and Prussia in the late 18th Century? You may want to check out HeinOnline's World Treaty Library . If there is s ...

Posted Feb 10, 2021 by Sunil Rao,

UW Law Library Celebrates Black History Month (This Month, and Every Month!)

“Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.”  Now more than ever, it is important for us to celebrate the accomplishments o ...

Posted Feb 4, 2021 by Emma E Babler

PowerNotes - updates and improvements to a great notetaking and organization tool

There are plenty of new things with the start of the 2021 spring semester. That means changes in the Library (as Jenny Zook detailed in her post last week ), but also improvements to one of the Law Library's favorite tools: PowerNotes! If y ...

Posted Jan 27, 2021 by Kristopher Turner

Welcome Back Students to Spring Semester: Library Changes & Tips

Welcome law students, as the spring semester begins, the Law Library is here to help you with your research.  For reference help, you can contact a librarian three ways: Email asklawref@law.wisc.edu Chat In-person by appoint ...

Posted Jan 21, 2021 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian

"Now is the Winter of Our Discontent"

"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York," is a line from Shakespeare's play, Richard III, that you may have read during an English literature lesson. That line is meant to remind us that, although we have fa ...

Posted Dec 17, 2020 by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian


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