Some sites are easy to use. Others are powerful but intimidating. Then there is LawMoose, the Home of the Minnesota Legal Web and the Home of the Wisconsin Legal Web.
LawMoose has recently become even better at taming the complexity of the Web. Unlike many megasites and portals, it is friendly enough for novice web users.
If you have not ventured very far out on the Web, start at LawMoose's Minnesota or Wisconsin Legal Reference Libraries.
Why? Because you will not have to deal with the chaos of the unorganized Web. If you are interested in Minnesota, for example, you will find a logically organized collection of web resources selected for their relevance to lawyers and other Minnesotans in search of legal information. The Library is a web of knowledge topics and resources. You browse where the knowledge takes you. That may include traveling to broader, narrower, or related topics for more information, then back to your core topic. You never lose sight of the bigger picture, and you can always supplement your browsing with a quick search.
On the other hand, if you consider yourself a power user of web search engines, directories, and other web sites, you can take a breather from your hard work and enjoy not having to supply all the "power" yourself.
Why? Because LawMoose's Reference Library comes with its own power, courtesy of LawSaurus, a special web authoring and publishing tool developed by Pritchard Law Webs to boost LawMoose's "intelligence" to a new level. Getting what you need directly from the Web has never been easier.
Currently, the Minnesota version of the Library holds more than 2,800 editorially selected, annotated web resources (up 1000 in the last month alone). Recently added resources include, for example, a complete intellectual property treatise, an ethical code for family lawyers, every county and city web site in Minnesota, and a pro bono resource center.
Resources are drawn from more than a thousand web sites and classified under more than three hundred interrelated topics. Don't worry. Topics come into view only when you need them. You can reach any resource in the Library through a menu of sixteen main topics.
Want to do state legal research? If you are interested in Minnesota, just click the "Minnesota Research" topic, and resources, to the extent they are available on the Web, are at your fingertips.
Other main topics include Minnesota Government, Federal Research, Federal Government, Local Research, Law Firm Web Sites, Lawyers, Law by Subject, Legal Forms, Midwest, Education, News, Research & Writing, Legal Associations, Other Libraries, and General Reference.
LawMoose's Wisconsin Legal Reference Library is similar to its Minnesota Library, but customized for Wisconsin law, the Wisconsin legal community, and Wisconsin residents.
If either of the two Libraries does not yet have a resource you need, LawMoose welcomes suggestions, and provides a form on every topic page for that purpose.
LawMoose, www.lawmoose.com, is the Web's first legal community knowledge server. Pritchard Law Webs, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the developer and publisher of LawMoose and its underlying knowledge tools.
LawMoose, Home of the Minnesota Legal Web, Home of the Wisconsin Legal Web, LawMoose World Legal Resource Center, Minnesota Legal Reference Library, Wisconsin Legal Reference Library, and Lawyer Selector are service marks of Pritchard Law Webs. LawSaurus is a trademark of Pritchard Law Webs.