Using the Wyoming State Law Library's Catalog Part Two: The Databases
Matt Swift State Law Librarian Wyoming State Law Library
In the last issue of the Wyoming Lawyer we provided information about the Wyoming State Law Library's online catalog, which is part of the Wyoming Libraries Database Consortium (WYLD), and how the catalog functions. This month we wanted to highlight the legal and non-legal databases available through WYLD.
WYLD offers a variety of legal and non-legal databases, most of which can be accessed remotely. This means the databases can be accessed through your personal computer, smartphone or tablet. You do not have to be physically present in the library to take advantage of the information on these databases.
To access the databases, you will need your WYLD library card number and PIN. If you do not have a WYLD library card, one can be obtained at your local county library or at the Wyoming State Law Library if you are a member of the Wyoming State Bar, a Wyoming state legislator, work for the Wyoming judicial branch, or work for another Wyoming state agency. If you do not know your PIN number, the default PIN number that comes with your library card is "WYLD." Once you have logged into your library account, you can choose to change your PIN by clicking on the personal information tab.
Once you have logged in, the legal and non-legal databases can be accessed on the Wyoming State Law Library's catalog page or any other Wyoming Library that is participating in the WYLD consortium. If using the Wyoming State Law Library's page to access the databases, the links can be found on the right-hand side of the library homepage. (See illustration on opposite page.) Some of the legal databases available through the WYLD catalog are: • Proquest Congressional - a comprehensive resource of congressional documents from 1789 to the present. This is a great database for researching U.S. social, political and economic history;
• American Memory Century of Lawmaking - records and acts of Congress from 1774-1875;
• LegalTrac - provides indexing...