In the recent Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin newsletter, Nancy Scibelli of Quarles & Brady describes some forthcoming Loislaw enhancements and widgets:
Wolters Kluwer will be making a number of enhancements to Loislaw this summer by improving Find A Case, document delivery capabilities, and the Loislaw homepage.
Find A Case is a Loislaw tool to pull cases by citation. It is similar to Westlaw’s Find & Print or Lexis’ Get & Print tools. It will be improved so researchers can retrieve multiple citations at once. Find A Case will also be enhanced so individuals can extract citations automaticallyfrom an electronic copy of a document, such as a brief or memo, by uploading the document into Find A Case.
The document delivery tools on Loislaw will be improved so researchers can print, email, or save multiple documents simultaneously. Researchers will also be able to print, email, or save search results including Global Cite and Find A Case results. These document delivery options are not currently available on Loislaw.
The Loislaw homepage will be reconfigured so only the content available is displayed. Wolters Kluwer is calling this a Smart Start Page. The Smart Start Page will display only the content available under your agreement. Currently, the Loislaw homepage displays all Loislaw content including content not available under an institution’s agreement and thus not available for use.
Wolters Kluwer anticipates releasing all of these tools this coming summer.
In addition, Wolters Kluwer will release a Case Law Widget later this month. The widget is a Internet webtool that Loislaw subscribers can put on their webpage to retrieve cases via the Internet portal. It simply provides an external access point to Loislaw’s Find A Case tool. The widget is highly customizable and can be modified to match the Internet portal design.