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Bonnie Shucha is the reference and electronic services librarian at the U.W. Law Library. She also serves as vice president/president-elect of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin. She may be contacted at edu bjshucha wisc wisc bjshucha edu.
Resource Name/ Address
Dates of Coverage
Free from anywhere
WisBar Legal Resources www.wisbar.org/legalres/ Available through the State Bar of Wisconsin
1995 - to date
Keyword search or browse by docket number, party name, date & public domain citation
American Law Sources On-line (ALSO!) www.lawsource.com/also/
All federal, all states
Varies (most mid 1990s - to date)
Contains links to resources from other providers
1996 - to date
Find by citation or keyword search
Free at Wis. State Law Lib., Dane Co. Law Lib. & Milw. Legal Resource Center
LexisNexis Document Service Available only on WSLL, DCLL & MLRC workstations
Retrieve by citation only
Free at Wis. State Law Lib. or by paid subscription
Loislaw.com Available on WSLL workstations or www.loislaw.com
Varies (most 1950s - to date)
Coverage good, fairly economical
Free at many law libraries
Print case law reporters Available at your local law library
Varies by library
Available at no charge. May deliver documents to you for a fee
By paid subscription
LexisNexis www.lexis.com or LexisNexis MVP for Small Firms www.lexisnexis.com/ vp/smallfirms/
Choose package based on your needs
Coverage and cost varies by package
Quicklaw America www.laws.com
All federal, all states, some international
Varies (most 1930s - to date)
Coverage good, very economical
Westlaw or WestlawPRO www.westlaw.com/ SubOptions/
By credit card
LexisNexis by Credit Card www.lexisone.com/ specialoffer/
Retrieve by citation or keyword search. Search is FREE. Pay only for documents viewed ($9/doc)
Retrieve by citation only ($10/doc)
(For a comparison of electronic citation services, see Matthew Williamson's "Citation Showdown," Law Office Computing, October/November 2000.)
Shepards (Electronic) Available only on WSLL, DCLL & MLRC workstations
Very reliable (Fax/email/mail delivery available for $5/citation from WSLL)
Shepards (Print) Available at your local law library
Varies by library (may not be as current as electronic edition)
GlobalCite via Loislaw.com www.loislaw.com
Only covers cases available on Loislaw.com
Free with Loislaw.com subscription, but results may not be as compre- hensive as Shepards or KeyCite
KeyCite via Westlaw & WestlawPRO www.westlaw.com/ SubOptions/
Very reliable. Price is $4.25/citation
Shepards via LexisNexis www.lexis.com & LexisNexis MVP www.lexisnexis.com/mvp/smallfirms/
Very reliable. Price may vary by subscription plan
Shepards via LexisNexis by Credit Card www.lexisone.com/specialoffer/
Resource Name / Address
Revisor of Statutes Bureau www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/
Wisconsin acts, statutes & constitution
1995/1996 - to date
Keyword search or browse index or table of contents
Wisconsin State Legislature www.legis.state.wi.us/ billtext.html
Wisconsin bills, bill histories, acts & proposals
Browse by number (1995/1996 - to date) or keyword search (current session only)
Federal / state acts & statutes
GPO Access www.access. gpo.gov/su_docs/legislative.html
Federal bills, acts, US Code, etc.
Very reliable. Older versions of US Code available
Federal bills, acts, Cong. Record, etc.
Varies (earliest from 93rd Congress, 1973)
Free at MU & UW law libraries
Congressional Universe Available only on MU & UW law workstations
Varies (most 1990s - to date)
Highly recommended. Very reliable and complete
Free at Wis. State Law Lib.
LexisNexis Document Service Available only on WSLL workstations
Current & some prior
Print legislation & legislative history resources Available at your local law library
LexisNexis www.lexis.com or LexisNexis MVP for Small Firms www.lexisnexis.com/mvp/ smallfirms/
Federal acts & US Code
Federal / state acts, statutes, bills, etc.
Revisor of Statutes Bureau www.legis.state.wi.us/ rsb/code/
Wis. Admin. Code & Register
Code: Current Register: 1996 - to date
Keyword search or browse by chapter, date & table of contents
Federal / state admin. codes & regulations
GPO Access www.access.gpo.gov/ su_docs/executive.html
CFR, Federal Register, etc.
CFR: 1996 - to date Fed Reg: 1994 - to date
Print regulations Available at your local law library
LexisNexis www.lexis.com or LexisNexis MVP for Small Firms www. lexisnexis.com/mvp/smallfirms/
Wisconsin Lawyer Online www.wisbar.org/wislawmag
1997- to date
Wisconsin Lawyer contents
Free from anywhere with Wis. State Law Library card
Legal Resource Index wsll.state.wi.us/searchtips.html Contact Wis. State Law Library to request access, (800) 322-9755 or email@example.com
1980 - to date
Free from anywhere in Wis.
BadgerLink (not law specific)
1980s - to date
Coverage of legal materials is limited
American Law Sources On-line (ALSO!) www. lawsource.com
Coverage limited. Contains links to resources from other providers
Legal Scholarship Network www.ssrn.com/lsn/
1990s - to date
University Law Review Project www.lawreview.org
1990's - to date
Coverage limited, Keyword search all journals or browse by title
Hein Online Available only on MU & UW law workstations
Coverage limited. Keyword search all journals or browse by title
LegalTrac Available only on MU law workstations
Varies (emphasis on older volumes)
Coverage of older legal journals excellent
Free at MU Law Library
Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Available only on UW law workstations
Free at UW Law Library
Print articles Available at your local law library
1981 - to date
Varies (most mid 1980s - to date)
Coverage excellent. Cost varies by package
LexisNexis by Credit Card www.lexisone.com
* Indexes only contain citations, not the full text of articles. To obtain the full text of an article, copy it at or request it from a law library or use LexisNexis or Westlaw's credit card delivery service.
Resource Name and Address
State Bar of Wisconsin5302 Eastpark Blvd.,Madison, WI 53718-2101;P.O. Box 7158,Madison WI 53707-7158 www.wisbar.org/bar/index.html#pub
In addition to its full catalog of CLE Books, the State Bar of Wisconsin publishes a comprehensive library of legal publications for lawyers and a variety of consumer law publications for use by the public and by lawyers and educators in law-related education activities.
Free at Dane County Law Library
Dane County Law Library210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 315Madison, WI 53703Phone: 1-608-266-6316wsll.state.wi.us/dcll.htmlOperated by the Wisconsin State Law Library
Wisconsin attorneys may check out books (and other materials) from the WSLL, DCLL, & MLRC at no charge (registration required). Some books may also be delivered to you for a fee (see delivery options).
Search the library catalog for availability (wsll.state.wi.us).
Free at Marquette Law Library (Check out materials for a fee)
Marquette University Law Library1103 W. Wisconsin AvenueMilwaukee, WI 53201Phone: 1-414-288-7092www.marquette.edu/law/library/
For an annual fee MU Law alumni ($35) or non alumni ($50) Bar members, paralegals and law librarians employed in law firms may check out books (and other materials) from Marquette Law Library.
Search the Marqcat Library Catalog for availability (libus.csd.mu.edu).
Free at Milwaukee Legal Resource Center
Milwaukee Legal Resource Center(in the Milw. Co. Courthouse)901 N. 9th Street, Room 307AMilwaukee, WI 53233Phone: 1-414-278-4900wsll.state.wi.us/mlrc.htmlOperated by the Wisconsin State Law Library
University of WI Law Library975 Bascom MalMadison, WI 53706Circulation: 1-608-262-1128Reference: 1-608-262-3394library.law.wisc.edu
Anyone may check out books (and other materials) from the UW Law Library at no charge (registration required). Some books may also be delivered to you for a fee (see delivery options).
Search the MadCat Library Catalog for availability (madcat.library.wisc.edu).
Free at WI LRB Library
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Library100 North Hamilton StreetMadison, WI 53703-2307Circulation: 1-608-266-7040Reference: 1-608-266-0342www.legis.state.wi.us/lrb/Library/
Although much of the collection must be used in the library, some materials do circulate. Anyone may check out circulating items from the WI LRB Library at no charge (registration required). Some documents may also be delivered to you for a fee (see delivery options).
Search the LRBCAT Library Catalog for availability (www.legis.state.wi.us/cgi-bin/webcatredirect.asp)
Free at WI State Law Library
Wisconsin State Law Library120 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 2nd flMadison WI 53703Phone: 1-800-322-9755wsll.state.wi.us
IndexMasterAvailable only on UW Law workstations
Index to selected legal texts, including treatises and hornbooks. View the index, table of contents, or abstract.
Index to Legal Periodicals & BooksAvailable only on UW Law workstations
Index to selected legal texts, including treatises and hornbooks
Name and Contact Information
Marquette UniversityLaw Library1-414-288-7092
Cases, legislation, regulations, journal articles, etc.
Articles, etc.: Prices range from $10/document + $.30-$1.00/pageBooks, etc.: Not available for deliveryFor more information call 1-414-288-7092
UW Law Library Outlaw Document Delivery Service1-608-262-3394 orlibrary.law.wisc.edu/services/docdelivery/outlaw/
Cases, legislation, regulations, journal articles, books, etc.
Articles, etc.: Prices range from $8-$25/document + $.20-$.50/pageBooks, etc.: Prices range from $8-$25/volume + return shippingFor more information see fee schedule at library.law.wisc.edu/services/ docdelivery/outlaw/fee.htm
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Library1-608-266-7040
Wisconsin legislative & government documents
Fax/Mail: 10 pages or less free; longer documents $10/hour +$.10/pageDuplicate Microfiche (drafting records): $3 + $1/fiche
Wisconsin State Law Library1-800-322-9755 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles, etc. - Fax/Email: $.75/page ($3 minimum); Mail: $.60/page ($3 min.)Books, etc. (WI Licensed Attorneys only): $10/volume + return shipping
For more information see fee schedule for articles at wsll.state.wi.us/fees.html and for books at wsll.state.wi.us/circbymail.html
Your Local Public LibraryContact a public library to request materials from other libraries, including law libraries. This is often a free service.
Usually free, although delivery may take longer than requesting directly from one of the services listed above.
Madison Public Library www.scls.lib.wi.us/madison/Milwaukee Public Library www.mpl.org/
LexisNexis by Credit Cardwww.lexisone.com/specialoffer/
Cases, legislation, regulations, Shepards, journal articles, news, company information, public records
Prices range from $1-$12/document - Most legal documents are $9; Shepards is $4.25 (Retrieve by citation or keyword search. Search is FREE. Pay only for documents viewed)
Cases, legislation, regulations, journal articles
$10/document (Retrieve by citation only; no keyword searching available)
(For a comparison of cost-effective electronic legal subscription services, see "Survey of Online Legal Information Alternatives for Small Law Firms and Public Law Libraries" LLRX.com (November 1, 2001) -and- "When Less is Enough: The Advantages of Low-Cost Legal Research Services" Legal Information Alert (September 2001) )
LexisNexisIn US: 1-800-227-4908 -or- www.lexis.comOutside US:com international.salesleads lexis-nexis lexis-nexis international.salesleads com
Cases, legislation, regulations, Shepards, journal articles, etc.
Varies by Firm/OrganizationPlease contact representative for details
LexisNexis MVP for Small Firms1-800-356-6548 -or-www.lexisnexis.com/mvp/smallfirms/
Cases, legislation, regulations, Shepards, some journals; Choose package based on your needs
Prices for unlimited State + Shepards libraries range from approx. $100 to $200/month; Contact vendor for Federal libraries pricing information
Loislaw.com1-800-364-2512 -or- com info loislaw loislaw info com
Cases, legislation, regulations; Choose package based on your needs
Packages range from $90/month unlimited for one state to $250/month for all state and federal unlimited(Free for 6 months after law school graduation; ½ price for additional year)
Quicklaw Americawww.laws.com -or-1-800-387-0899
Cases, legislation, regulations
Transactional: $5/search -or- Unlimited: $70/month(14 day free trial available)
Unlimited (no subscription required): $19.95/day (any # of users) -or-Unlimited (by subscription): $8.95 to $34.95/month/attorney
WestlawIn U.S. 1-800-WESTLAWOutside U.S. 651-848-2335 (Jeff Sobel) -or- com jeff.sobel westgroup westgroup jeff.sobel com
Cases, legislation, regulations, KeyCite, journal articles, etc.
Varies by Firm / Organization (prices = retail, but most firms pay less)Hourly: $4.50-$8.75/minute -or- Transactional: $15-$75/searchPrinting: $5.50 per document; KeyCite free(14 day free trial available - for more information see www.westlaw.com/NewUser/trial.wl)
Cases, legislation, regulations, KeyCite, some journals; Choose package based on your needs
Prices for unlimited State libraries begin at approx. $200/month; Contact vendor for Federal libraries pricing information