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Articles on Finding Illinois Law

Research Resources from Illinois Academic Law Libraries By Tom Gaylord July 2009 Column, Page 368 Have a research project? Go back to law school, or at least to a law school library near you.
Sources of Illinois Legal Research By Tom Gaylord May 2009 Column, Page 264 These bibliographies help you find Illinois research tools on your topic.
Evidence Resources or Illinois Practitioners By Tom Gaylord March 2009 Column, Page 154 A look at some free evidence-related online resources.
Illinois Statutory and Legislative Resources By Tom Gaylord January 2009 Column, Page 48 The statutes are online, of course. But here are other free resources.
Playing with PreCYdent: The move toward Free Online Primary Law By Tom Gaylord November 2008 Column, Page 588 Two Web sites are bringing free cases and more to the public
Professional Responsibility in Illinois: Rules, and MCLE By Tom Gaylord September 2008 Column, Page 474 There's a wealth of legal-ethics information online if you know where to look.
Finding Free Legal Articles on the Web By Tom Gaylord July 2008 Column, Page 370 A growing number of law-review articles are free for the viewing.
Keeping up with the Bloggers By Tom Gaylord May 2008 Column, Page 264 Use these tools to find and stay up with blawgs.
Helpful Resources from the Illinois Courts By Tom Gaylord March 2008 Column, Page 160 Every Illinois lawyer should visit the Web site of the Illinois courts.
Ready Reference for the Occasional Question By Tom Gaylord January 2008 Column, Page 52 Here’s a grab bag of miscellaneous and – mostly – free research sites.
Using “My Legislation” to Keep Up to Date By Tom Gaylord November 2007 Column, Page 608 The General Assembly Web site's free "My Legislation" feature lets you stay abreast of new public acts.
Illinois Administrative Agency Publications Online By Tom Gaylord September 2007 Column, Page 494 There's a wealth of information if you know where to look.
Beyond the Regs: Illinois Administrative Law Online By Tom Gaylord July 2007 Column, Page 382 A look at state agency Web sites that offer the agency's administrative decisions and more.
New Legislative History Resources By Tom Gaylord May 2007 Column, Page 268 Debate transcripts and more are on the General Assembly's Web site.
Finding Illinois Municipal Ordinances Online By Tom Gaylord March 2007 Column, Page 156 They can be hard to come by online - here's where to find them.
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.
Illinois Agencies on the Web By Phill Johnson September 2004 Column, Page 493 More and more information is available on state agency Web sites, much of it useful to lawyers and – best of all – free.