Month: November 2017

News from the Research Desk Blog

Seven Kinds of Easily Accessible Legal Forms

Everyone needs legal assistance at one time or another. Rest assured MPPL has Gale LegalForms resource at the ready.

State-Specific
Gale LegalForms is relevant to Illinois laws. There are categories like divorce, bankruptcy, power of attorney, and incorporation (among others). You simply choose a category and then choose from a list of available forms. Each form gives a full description to help anyone choose what they need. With one click, the form opens with spaces to click and fill in your own information like your name, city, and even case number. Forms are available in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Word, Rich Text, PDF, and sometimes even Word Perfect. The forms included in the database are official forms that law firms use, so you never have to wonder if they will be accepted by the court system.

Highly Searchable
Forms can be keyword searched by category or title too. This makes finding a form by keyword very easy. For example, if you need information about “quit claim deeds” and you didn’t know that was a real estate term, you could just search “quit claim.” The search results include every available form related to those keywords.

Sample Letters
One of the categories provided is “Sample Letters.” There are letters to use for requesting a credit report of a minor, to remove your name from a mail marketing list, employment letters for suspensions, warnings, and disciplinary action, and a sample letter to request an extension on a lease from tenant to landlord. These are just a few of the handy sample letters available.

Tax Forms
There are also links to tax forms available in Gale LegalForms. When you choose a state, the database links you to that state’s treasury department web site. It is a quick, easy way to find the list of available tax forms for your state without having to navigate the whole of the state web site.

Attorney Directory
An Attorney Directory is also built into LegalForms. You can find an attorney practicing in a particular field of law very quickly by browsing the practice area categories. There is a description of the firm under most entries that includes information like when the firm was established, what the firm specializes in, who to ask for, or how many attorneys are practicing there. Once you find a promising entry, you can click on “Start” next to the name and fill out a client intake form that goes directly to the attorney’s office.

Additional Resources
There are external links from LegalForms too.  Here you can find links to places to get vital records, the IRS, or the court system. Again, having these direct links help you find specific agencies of the law quickly and easily. You may not always know what different agencies are called, or what they do, so having direct links brings you  one step closer to the right information.

Easy to Use Interface
The left side menu remains consistent throughout your use of LegalForms. It includes the search box, but also a link to “Definitions.” Within definitions is another search box to search for a specific legal term, or choose from A to Z to browse a list of terms under each letter of the alphabet.

Similar in style to the definitions is a “Law Digest” in that left side menu. This is more of a legal encyclopedia, as it goes into more detail about legal terms than just a definition. For example, the entry on “Environmental Protection Agency” includes articles about the agency’s various activities and even a bibliography with links for further reading.

The third item in the left side menu is a “Legal Q & A” button. Here you can choose a category of the law (like “automobiles – insurance” or “civil actions – liens”) and read questions and answers on that subject.

As you can see, LegalForms contains a wealth of information on virtually any legal topic. You can easily find the right form and open, edit, and save it immediately for personal use. Legal situations can be emotional and overwhelming, so having trustworthy and convenient links to legal information puts everyone at ease. With remote access to LegalForms, you can be assured that your privacy is respected.

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New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles – November 2017

New Books
Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Newly Arrived Nonfiction:

Cover of Understanding the Digital WorldUnderstanding the Digital World
by Brian W. Kernighan
A must-read for all who want to know more about computers and communications, Kernighan explains, precisely and carefully, not only how these technologies operate but also how they influence our daily lives, in terms anyone can understand, no matter what their experience and knowledge of technology.

Cover of Bears by the NumbersBears by the Numbers
by Lew Freedman
Since the Chicago Bears first adopted uniform numbers in 1932, the team has handed out only 99 numbers to more than 1,000 players. That’s a lot of overlap. It also makes for a lot of good stories. Bears by the Numbers tells those stories for every Bear since ’32, from Red Grange to Pernell McPhee.

Cover of Diaper DudeDiaper Dude
by Chris Pegula
Filled with useful information, hilarious stories of dad madness, a little psychology and science, and engaging sidebars, Diaper Dude covers everything from bonding and babyproofing to toddlerhood, tantrums, and tag-teaming with your partner to cover all the bases while staying (somewhat) sane.

Cover of The Enlightened Mr. ParkinsonThe Enlightened Mr. Parkinson
by Cherry Lewis
Describes the scientific contributions made by the namesake of Parkinson’s disease, who identified the condition 200 years ago, and who was a political and scientific radical rumored to be involved in a plot to kill King George III and who jump-started a fossil craze.

Cover of The Chicago Food EncyclopediaThe Chicago Food Encyclopedia
Discover the visionary restaurateurs, beloved haunts, and food companies (current and past) that not only helped build Chicago but fed a growing nation. From chef Grant Achatz to the edible (but unloved) zebra mussel, this A-to-Z compendium is the ultimate reference on the history of the city and its food.

Cover of The Vietnam WarThe Vietnam War
by Geoffrey C. Ward
A vibrantly photographed companion to the multi-part PBS film examines the Vietnam War’s role in debates that continue in today’s world, drawing on extensive interviews with contributors at all levels in America and Vietnam to explain why and how the war happened as well as its complicated legacy.

Forthcoming Titles:

Cover of Redefining AgingRedefining Aging
by Ann Kaiser Stearns
Best-selling author Stearns explores the practical and personal challenges of both caregiving and successful aging, coupling findings from the latest research with powerful insights and problem-solving tips to help caregivers.

Cover of Garden CityGarden City
by Anna Yudina
A spectacular global survey of some of the world’s most inventive buildings—increasingly relevant in the face of climate change—which bring architecture and horticulture into a sustainable whole.

Cover of Blood ProfitsBlood Profits
by Vanessa Neumann
A sobering report by an expert on countering illicit trade explains the dangerous consequences of purchasing contraband, from cheap cigarettes and prostitute services to fake designer bags and bootleg DVDs.

Cover of AncestorsAncestors
by David Hertzel
Hertzel draws on his interviews with more than thirty people from a variety of cultural backgrounds across the United States and the world to provide an engaging foray into the nature of relationships between people today and their ancestors, exploring what ancestry means in the modern world.

Cover of Better TogetherBetter Together
by Jonathan Sposato
Sposato provides powerful and implementable solutions to fostering gender equality in your business. As a result, your business will be more successful, your customers will be happier with better products/services, and your employees will be much more fulfilled.

Cover of A People's History of ChicagoA People’s History of Chicago
by Kevin Coval
Coval celebrates the history of Chicago from the perspective of those on the margins, whose stories often go untold. His seventy-seven poems (for the city’s seventy-seven neighborhoods) honor the everyday lives of these people, whose cultural and political revolutions continue to shape the social landscape.

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