Free on the ‘Net: FindLaw, LexisONE and MoreBy Phill JohnsonNovember 2003Column, Page 579West Group and LexisNexis both offer free online research services that, while much more modest than Lexis and Westlaw, are well worth visiting.
The “Science” of Citation AnalysisBy Paul D. CallisterSeptember 2003Column, Page 473Is legal research a science grounded in precise measurements or is it an art based on subjective editorial judgments? And does it matter?
How to Find Jury InstructionsBy Phill JohnsonJuly 2003Column, Page 361Jury instructions aren't hard to find in print, but you'll have less luck searching online.
Treasure Hunting at State Agency Web SitesBy Adria P. OlmiJuly 2001Column, Page 379Don't overlook Illinois state agency Web sites, an increasingly rich source of free information. Here are some of the best agency resources for lawyers.
Illinois Legislative HistoryBy James E. DugganNovember 2000Column, Page 665Difficult though they may be to research, legislative histories can make a difference in your case. Here's how to find what you need.
Evidence Practice GuidesBy James E. DugganSeptember 2000Column, Page 543Illinois lawyers are fortunate to have several good sources for guidance on evidence law. Here are thumbnail sketches of the leading treatises and practice guides.
Illinois RegulationsBy James E. DugganJuly 2000Column, Page 417Keeping abreast of Illinois regulatory law remains a challenge, but now there are more options than ever.
Illinois StatisticsBy James E. DugganJuly 1999Column, Page 387Put the facts at your fingertips with these helpful references.
The Illinois Court of ClaimsBy James E. DugganMay 1999Column, Page 283The court of claims is an unfamiliar realm to many lawyers; here's a guide.
Using Illinois Legal EncyclopediasBy James E. DugganMarch 1999Column, Page 167You loved 'em as a kid and as a law student — now that you're a lawyer, don't overlook encyclopedias as you begin your legal research.
A Directory of DirectoriesBy Jean McKnightJanuary 1999Column, Page 57Here's where to turn when the question isn't "Who ya gonna call?'' but "How ya gonna find 'em?''
Researching Illinois Court RulesBy Jean McKnightNovember 1998Column, Page 641It's not hard to find the latest state and Illinois-based federal court rules . . . if you know where to look.