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September 18th, 2000
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Locating Resources at the Law Library, Part One: Resource Guides

With almost 500,000 volumes owned by the UW Law Library, finding just the right information for your research needs can sometimes be difficult. That's why our librarians have developed several resource guides ( to help you locate materials quickly.

By Title

When you know the title of a major legal resource, such as the US Code or Northwestern Reporter, and you need to quickly locate it in the Law Library, try the Location Guide, Resources by Title (

This alphabetical guide lists the locations of many of the Law Library's most heavily used materials, including both print and electronic titles.

For a listing of major government document titles or series currently received by the Law Library, choose the Location Guide, US Government Documents ( This alphabetical guide lists the locations of many of the Law Library's most heavily used print and electronic government documents, such as the Federal Register and Congressional Record.

By Type

To find major categories of legal materials, such as case law, legal periodicals, or Restatements, try the Location Guide, Resources by Type ( This guide, which is organized by resource types, also lists the locations of some of the Law Library's most heavily used print materials
By Topic

For a compilation of resources on selected law related topics, choose Bibliographies and Guides ( Some topics include Federal Tax Research, Negotiation & ADR, International Law, etc. Many guides have been prepared for use in the General Practice course, but are also suitable for other research purposes
NEXT WEEK: Because not all of the materials available at the Law Library are listed in our Resource Guides, be sure to look for next week's Law Library News and Views. We will introduce MadCat, which is a catalog of materials owned by the UW-Madison Libraries, and WorldCat, a combined catalog of thousands of libraries. (See Law Library News and Views dated 9/25/00.)

Written by: Bonnie Shucha
Reference & Electronic Services Librarian

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