I was very pleased to share that Legal Research in Wisconsin, 2nd edition is finally available. The authors are Ted Potter (main author), Jane Colwin, Mary Koshollek, and UW Law Library’s own Bill Ebbott and Sunil Rao.
Here’s the abstract from Hein:
This new edition continues to offer a comprehensive reference tool about legal research in Wisconsin. It revises and updates chapters and also expands them to include electronic tools and other new sources. Basic research tools are discussed with an eye toward showing their best uses in locating useful information. It remains a guide for attorneys, judges, paralegals, law librarians, students and others needing ready access to information contained in Wisconsin legal materials.
The cost of the volume is $57.50.
I was doing some research in HeinOnline this afternoon and was surprised to find that they now have an article citator. When viewing an article, there is a link to “Articles That Cite This Article” at the very top. Nice.
According to the HeinOnline Weblog, this feature was added in May.
Earlier this month, the New York Times ran an interesting article about how SSRN rankings have affected legal academia.
Social Science Research Network [is] an increasingly influential site that now offers nearly 150,000 full-text documents for downloading… the texts include pens
Earlier this month, the Harvard Law School faculty unanimously voted to make each faculty member’s scholarly articles available online for free, making HLS the first law school to commit to a mandatory open access policy.
From the press release:
Under the new policy, HLS will make articles authored by faculty members available in an online repository, whose contents would be searchable and available to other services such as Google Scholar. Authors can also legally distribute the articles on their own websites, and educators here and elsewhere can freely provide the articles to students, so long as the materials are not used for profit.
Thanks to my UW Madison colleague, Dorothea Salo (of Caveat Lector fame) for the tip.
About a week ago, the Wisconsin Law Journal unveiled a new Web site. Besides a sleek new look, WLJ has introduced some sweet new features including several new blogs and a handful of RSS feeds.
In his introductory post, Managing Editor, Tony Anderson explains:
New features will include a variety of blogs touching on a range of topics relating to the practice of law and our courts. Readers will be able to comment directly on blog postings and stories, making our site a place to discuss the issues that are important to you. We also have added a daily update of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court calendar.
Bar associations and other non-profit groups are invited to visit our community calendar and post your upcoming events. And subscribers will be able to sign up for our daily e-mail news service – WLJ Today.
In addition to our Web site and daily e-mail updates, we will continue to provide our weekly legal newspaper with all the features you’ve trusted and relied upon for the past 25 years. Content that is more than seven days old will be limited to print or online subscribers only.
The ABA Journal has recently redesigned their web site. According to a post in the ABA TechShow blog, there are three main features:
Law News Now: “The latest legal news stories, hand selected by our lawyer-journalists. It’s updated continuously every business day.”
The Blawg Directory: “More than 1,000 blogs written by lawyers who are experts in their practice areas, with more being added daily…You can sort the directory by subject, who writes the blog (partners, associates, judges, law professors, etc.), or by the state or court they blog about.”
The Magazine: ABA Journal issues “back through 2005; issues from previous years will be posted soon.”
Very nicely done. I took a closer look at the Blawg Directory and found a number of blogs that I hadn’t seen before – including seven new law library blogs which I added to my list.