Thursday, May 03, 2007

WAPL 2007: Wisconsin State Law Library WebTour

Wisconsin State Law Library WebTour: What's There, What's Where, What's New
a presentation by Connie Von Der Heide, Reference/Outreach Services Librarian, Wisconsin State Law Library

The Wisconsin State Law Library (WSLL) serves judges, court staff, attorneys, government employees, the public & librarians.

The WSLL web site offers 24/7 access to most of the resources of the Wisconsin State Law Library.

The Quick Links dropdown menu on the home page allows fast access to the "top ten" primary law sources like state statutes, circuit court records, etc.

The Legal Topics A-Z page acts as an index to over 400 different topics.

Among all the info one might expect to find at the WSLL web site, I liked that the Jury Duty page provides info helpful to those called to jury duty, such as why you were called to service, the steps of a jury trial, ten rules for jurors, FAQs and glossary of terms; it also includes info for employers.

There are links to over 350 municipal and county ordinances.

Legal forms of all kinds are available on the WSLL web site.

The Self-Help Family web site "provides a guide to divorce and legal separation in Wisconsin and takes you through a series of questions, filling in the forms necessary to start or finalize such an action. There is also information about whether you should try to proceed without an attorney and answers to questions you may have about the process."

Also provided are links to over 8000 electronic journals, loaded from LegalTrac, HeinOnline & BadgerLink online databases, available at
  • Librarians may request a WSLL library card so that they may access all these journals remotely!
  • To request a WSLL library card, email and include your name and work address.
UPDATE: Connie's handouts in PDF format are now available here :

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