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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Legal Research

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. 
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.
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.
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.
At Last, a New Guidebook for Illinois Legal Researchers By Phill Johnson May 2004 Column, Page 271 Here's review of the first new Illinois legal research tome in well over a decade.
Getting Your Research Bearings; Dead Reckoning v the Sextant By Paul D. Callister January 2004 Column, Page 49 Sometimes research still works best with books, and sometimes it works better on the computer. We're still trying to figure out why and when.
Free on the ‘Net: FindLaw, LexisONE and More By Phill Johnson November 2003 Column, Page 579 West 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 Analysis By Paul D. Callister September 2003 Column, Page 473 Is 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 Right By Mark E. Wojcik July 2003 Column, Page 359 New 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.
Legal Research and the Ballad of John Henry By Paul D. Callister May 2003 Column, Page 261 The rise of electronic sources has changed legal research forever, and it may be changing the nature of law itself.
Using the ‘Net to Research Illinois Legislative History By Phill Johnson March 2003 Column, Page 147 Thanks to the General Assembly's Web site, researching recent legislative history is easier than ever. Here's a step-by-step guide.
Working the Problem By Paul D. Callister January 2003 Column, Page 43 Some leading litigation-related online resources.
Law Librarians Can Help You Save Money and Do Better Research By Peter A. Hook July 2002 Article, Page 373 You can use a librarian to conduct research more effectively, even if you don't have one on staff.
Litigation Resources on the ‘Net for Illinois Lawyers By Adria P. Olmi July 2002 Column, Page 381 Some leading litigation-related online resources.
Internet Resources for Illinois Corporate and Securities Lawyers By Adria P. Olmi May 2002 Column, Page 267 Here are some of the helpful Internet resources; most of them free; for corporate and securities lawyers.
Build an Online Law Library for Free (Mostly) By Todd H. Flaming April 2002 Column, Page 211 The print law library is dead. Long live the Internet law library.
Internet Resources for Illinois Personal Injury Lawyers By Adria P. Olmi March 2002 Column, Page 151 Resources abound on the 'Net for p.i. lawyers. Here are some of the best.
Estate-Planning Internet Resources for Illinois Lawyers By Adria P. Olmi January 2002 Column, Page 49 Don't let your brainchildren be like the proverbial cobbler's shoeless kids; lawyer, protect your IP rights.
Treasure Hunting at State Agency Web Sites By Adria P. Olmi July 2001 Column, Page 379 Don't overlook Illinois state agency Web sites, an increasingly rich source of free information. Here are some of the best agency resources for lawyers.
Must-Have Bookmarks: The Cornell Law Library and Legal Information Institute By Adria P. Olmi March 2001 Column, Page 153 Cornell Law School, a cyberspace pioneer, still offers some of the best online resources for lawyers.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath February 2001 Column, Page 56 When does may mean must? When it comes to appealing interlocutory orders
Correspondence from Our Readers December 2000 Column, Page 678 Civility, please.
Illinois Legislative History By James E. Duggan November 2000 Column, Page 665 Difficult though they may be to research, legislative histories can make a difference in your case. Here's how to find what you need.
Illinois Regulations By James E. Duggan July 2000 Column, Page 417 Keeping abreast of Illinois regulatory law remains a challenge, but now there are more options than ever.
Researching Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law By James E. Duggan May 2000 Column, Page 291 Here's a compendium of resources for Illinois workers' comp lawyers.
Illinois Bar Association Journals and Newsletters By James E. Duggan March 2000 Column, Page 175 For practical advice, bar periodicals are hard to beat (even if we do say so).
Legal Newspapers and Law Reviews: Focus on Illinois Law By James E. Duggan January 2000 Column, Page 49 A short list of law reviews and newspapers that cover the Illinois-law beat.