Books UnBound logoState Bar of Wisconsin recently launched an improved interface for their Books UnBound online digital library.  The collection includes State Bar treatises, aka “the brown binders,” the Wisconsin Attorney’s Desk Reference, Wisconsin Judicial Benchbooks, and other books previously released in print only.

The new interface is a definite step up over the previous one.  It features an improved dashboard a more robust search engine with the ability to search by Boolean operators (AND, OR), proximity operators (/p, /s, /n), and alternate endings (*).

When viewing documents, you can toggle between the search results and the table of contents on the left.  The contents open on the right.  Researchers can now also add notes to the text that can be viewed and searched by others in their organization if desired.   Links to primary law and other sources are available, including links to case law via Fastcase.  More information and videos tutorials are available if you would like to explore more.

Screenshot of Books Unbound new interface