Publications

Articles From Thomas Keefe

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.

Finding Legal Briefs Online

By Thomas Keefe
July
2004
Column
Page 373
Someone else's brief can serve as the starting point; maybe even the foundation; for yours. But how do you find one? Here are some possibilities.

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