LOIS Professional Library - Wisconsin, 7th Circuit, & Supreme Court
Looking for primary legal materials affecting Wisconsin? The LOIS Professional Library contains Wisconsin case law, regulations, legislation, and other primary legal materials, as well as case law from the Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Courts.
LOIS is a licensed electronic resource available through UW Law School and Law Library connections. Although it is freely available to all library patrons, users must be physically located within the Law School or Library to use LOIS.
LOIS vs Westlaw and Lexis
Why should you use LOIS? Like many of the library's other databases, an important reason to use LOIS is cost effectiveness. Remember that while Lexis and Westlaw may be "free" while you are in law school, the cost of searching these databases is quite high for practicing attorneys (and summer clerks!). Resources such as LOIS, while paid for by the library, are freely available to patrons who wish to use them at the library.
LOIS vs Free Internet Sites
The LOIS Libraries
For more information on using the LOIS Libraries, see the LOIS Professional Library Quick Guide at http://library.law.wisc.edu/elecresources/databases/quickguides/loisproflib/index.htm
Watch next week's newsletter for a discussion of LOIS's password protected product for law students: Loislawschool.com. (See Law Library News and Views dated 2/5/01.)
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