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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From Thomas Keefe

Fastcase: A Legal Research Tool Whose Time Has Come By Thomas Keefe January 2007 Column, Page 46 A summary of ISBA's free research offering.
Legal Research and the Threat of the Available By Thomas Keefe November 2006 Column, Page 618 Is print research disappearing in the age of Google?
A Primer on the General Assembly’s Web Site By Thomas Keefe September 2006 Column, Page 504 It's now an excellent starting point for research.
Federal Government Info on the Web By Thomas Keefe July 2006 Column, Page 382 Much of the primary federal law once available only for a fee is now free on the Web.
Internet Legal Portals By Thomas Keefe May 2006 Column, Page 264 A look at some leading one-stop-shopping centers of legal research. 
What Search Engines Can - and Can’t - Do for You By Thomas Keefe March 2006 Column, Page 152 Internet search engines are important research tools, but take care to learn their limitations.
Using the Internet for Legal Research By Thomas Keefe January 2006 Column, Page 46 The net is best used as a compliment to, not replacement for, traditional sources of legal information.
Illinois Ethics Opinions on the Internet By Thomas Keefe November 2005 Column, Page 596 There's plenty of material about Illinois ethics law on the 'Net, much of it freely available
Finding Haystacks: Context in Legal Research By Thomas Keefe September 2005 Column, Page 484 A necessary first step in legal research is to identify what an answer might look like and where one might find it.
Researching Illinois Administrative Law in the Electronic Age By Thomas Keefe July 2005 Column, Page 364 The Illinois Administrative Code is on the Net.
The 80/20 Rule of Legal Research By Thomas Keefe May 2005 Column, Page 258 The 80/20 rule has implications for how you do–and pay for–legal research.
Lexis and Westlaw Lite By Thomas Keefe March 2005 Column, Page 146 The Big Two legal data providers offer more affordable options than ever.
Books in Space – Online Versions of Print Publications By Thomas Keefe January 2005 Column, Page 42 Your familiar print resources are probably online, where they're more powerful than ever.
What are “Books” and Why Do We Need Them? By Thomas Keefe November 2004 Column, Page 598 The question isn't whether to use books, it's how.
Finding Legal Briefs Online By Thomas Keefe July 2004 Column, Page 373 Someone else's brief can serve as the starting point; maybe even the foundation; for yours. But how do you find one? Here are some possibilities.