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?
Ten Tips for Starting Your Research RightBy Mark E. WojcikJuly 2003Column, Page 359New lawyers and summer clerks, listen up: you're researching real cases now. Here are some pointers to help you with the critical first task of any research assignment; determining its scope and limits.
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.
Illinois RegulationsBy James E. DugganJuly 2000Column, Page 417Keeping abreast of Illinois regulatory law remains a challenge, but now there are more options than ever.
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.