Do you want to make the most of your library card? Follow this series of articles that will provide an overview of  information on the various digital resources and databases the La Porte County Public Library offers the community. This is the fifth in a series and will review the Library’s Gale package.

 

Gale LegalForms

Gale LegalForms helps library customers understand common legal procedures and provides access to thousands of customizable legal documents covering such topics as bankruptcy, bill of sale, contracts, divorce, employment, landlord tenant, real estate, taxes, name change, power of attorney, last will and testament, and living wills. 

LPCPL has offered Gale LegalForms since February 2019.

 

2019 Statistics

There were 365 total forms accessed.

The most requested forms related to power of attorney (93), estate planning and wills (60), rental property agreements (34), purchase agreements and bill of sales (27), and quitclaim deeds (17).

The top form accessed was General Durable Power of Attorney for Property and Finances or Financial Effective Immediately.

The top document type used was Doc/x (228), then PDF (73), and lastly RTF (64).

Authentication type favored internal (269) over external (31) and unknown (65).

Forms were accessed most heavily between the hours of 5PM and 9PM.

 

2020 Statistics

There were 168 total forms accessed.

The most requested forms related to estate planning and wills (54), power of attorney (18), separation and divorce (15), mortgage related (12), and quitclaim deeds (11).

The top forms accessed were Mortgage Notes and Last Will & Testament for Married Person with Adult Children.

The top document type used was Doc/x (118), then PDF (34), and lastly RTF (16).

Authentication type favored internal (100) over external (68).

Forms were accessed most heavily between the hours of 4PM and 9PM.

 

 Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

This electronic resource combines the convenience of an online search engine with accurate, authoritative information. Our current collection includes information on the Arts, Business, Education, Environment, History, Literature, Law, Medicine, Religions of the World, Countries of the World, Science, and the Social Sciences.

LPCPL has offered GVRL since February 2009.

 

Next week we will focus on Kanopy streaming video.

 

Posted on February 26, 2021

by Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael joined the library staff in August of 2017. He is a member of the Library Admin Team. He has spent much of his adult work life swimming in seas of metadata, bench-pressing card catalogs, and bartering with information system vendors, but those activities have done more to tone his head muscle and less to develop those desirable six-pack abs. These cataloging skills have taken him through Illinois, Wisconsin, and back home to Indiana (queue the Soggy Bottom Boys: “the place where he was born and bred”). In his spare time, he attempts to stay out of family arguments, binge watches British comedy, drama, and mystery programs, and subjects his two cats to the latest in Indie/Alternative music.
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