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Finding Illinois Law: Legal Research and the Threat of the Available
By Thomas Keefe, Illinois Bar Journal, November 2006
Newly minted Google-age lawyers don't know the folkways of print research, this law prof says.

Finding Illinois Law: Sources of Illinois Legal Research
By Tom Gaylord, Illinois Bar Journal, May 2009
These bibliographies and guides help you determine whether there are Illinois research tools available on your topic and, if so, where to find them.

Should You Use Fastcase and How?
By Helen W. Gunnarsson, Illinois Bar Journal, April 2009
Whether you make it your primary online research tool or use it to supplement Westlaw or Lexis, Fastcase can save you money. Lots of it. Here's how.

Is the Law You Cite Authenticated? Does It Matter?
By Tom Gaylord, Illinois Bar Journal, January 2011
Should the government, not vendors, produce "official" versions of the law?

A New Tool for Federal Legislative Research
By Tom Gaylord, Illinois Bar Journal, November 2012 will soon succeed THOMAS as the go-to site for federal legislative research.

Legal research advances
By Jessica J. Burke, Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, January 2012
It is indisputable that technology has become a necessity in legal research. As technology advances it is exciting to imagine how it will further affect legal research.

Using Adobe Acrobat for your legal research
By Bryan Sims, Legal Technology, Standing Committee on, September 2010
By printing a case to PDF, you can leverage technology to make your research more user-friendly and accessible.

Efficient and effective Internet research for young lawyers
By Jennifer Walsh Hammer, YLDNews, August 2010
A helpful guide to doing your best research.

Online research tools
By Cristen E. Meadows, YLDNews, April 2010
Free legal research is available, and only a click away!

Research resources from Illinois Academic Law Libraries
By Tom Gaylord, The Public Servant, September 2009
A handy guide to the websites of many law libraries.

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These resources are presented as educational resources for for ISBA members. They should not be relied upon as a substitute for individual legal research, and the ISBA does not warrant the accuracy of the information that appears in them.