Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Finding Illinois Law

Because, Science!

By Jesse Bowman
May
2021
Column
, Page 42
The usefulness of PubMed and its access to more than 32 million research records. 

Traveling the Legal World Online

By Jesse Bowman
March
2021
Column
, Page 46
Free online resources provide lots of information about legal systems throughout the world.

All the Presidents’ Documents

By Jesse Bowman
January
2021
Column
, Page 46
Online resources offer treasure troves of presidential records.

Wayback When

By Jesse Bowman
November
2020
Column
, Page 42
Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to resurrect ancient websites.

Public Records Shortcuts

By Jesse Bowman
September
2020
Column
, Page 46
Two free websites guide the way to thousands of public-records databases.

Corpus Linguistics

By Jesse Bowman
July
2020
Column
, Page 52
An online tool for homing in on a word’s evolving definition depending on the context.

A Deep Dive Into Congress.gov

By Jesse Bowman
May
2020
Column
, Page 44
Congress.gov may be the best site out there for researching legislation and related materials dating back decades.

Looking for Purpose in Illinois Legislative History

By Jesse Bowman
January
2020
Column
, Page 50
The Illinois General Assembly’s website is a great free resource for legislative research.
1 comment (Most recent January 13, 2020)

Make Like a Senator and Lean on the Congressional Research Service

By Jesse Bowman
November
2019
Column
, Page 52
The Congressional Research Service’s “authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan” analysis of congressional issues.

Legal Research on the Go

By Jesse Bowman
September
2019
Column
, Page 48
Great mobile apps for Illinois practitioners.

The CaseLaw Access Project: 360 Years in the Making

By Jesse Bowman
July
2019
Column
, Page 50
A free database developed by the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab provides access to American and territorial caselaw dating back to 1658.

The Federal Register Website Is Worth Your Time

By Jesse Bowman
May
2019
Column
, Page 46
The Federal Register is superior to pay sites when it comes to researching regulatory history. And, it's free.

Get the Tax Facts

By Jesse Bowman
March
2019
Column
, Page 48
The Illinois Department of Revenue's website makes researching taxes less daunting.

Keeping Tabs

By Jesse Bowman
January
2019
Column
, Page 50
Visiting ilga.gov and congress.gov, which are updated regularly, is a free and convenient way to keep current and hold our elected officials accountable.

Supreme Resources

By Jesse Bowman
November
2018
Column
, Page 46
Interested in our nation's highest court? These three sites are worth your time.

Cornell Law’s Legal Information Institute

By Jesse Bowman
September
2018
Column
, Page 42
Cornell Law's Legal Information Institute is a free online resource that offers convenient search tools and tons of materials.

The Algorithm Behind the Curtain

By Jesse Bowman
July
2018
Column
, Page 52
A new feature in Fastcase reveals how its search engine responds to your queries.

Data-Driven Advocacy for Free

By Jesse Bowman
May
2018
Column
, Page 48
A pair of old-school data sets offer useful, no-cost information for lawyers.

Cost-Conscious Current Awareness

By Jesse Bowman
March
2018
Column
, Page 50
It's never been easier or cost less to stay abreast of recent legal developments.

CARA from Casetext: A Cure for Legal Research FOMO

By Jesse Bowman
January
2018
Column
, Page 46
Do you suffer from research FOMO - fear of missing out? A for-fee service lets you upload your brief and get a report of cases you've missed.

Federal Government Information Abounds at Govinfo.gov

By Jesse Bowman
November
2017
Column
, Page 50
This third iteration of the Government Publishing Office's website is an expansive and free resource for federal judicial, legislative, and executive material.

Locating Local Laws

By Jesse Bowman
September
2017
Column
, Page 44
Municipal code provisions might have make-or-break importance for your client, but they don't appear on Westlaw or Fastcase. Here's how to find them.
1 comment (Most recent September 9, 2017)

Incorporate Free Resources into Your Regulatory Research

By Jesse Bowman
July
2017
Column
, Page 54
Need to research regulations and administrative rulings? Don't forget the many free resources available these days.
1 comment (Most recent July 6, 2017)

Visualizing Better Research? Try Fastcase’s Interactive Timeline

By Jesse Bowman
May
2017
Column
, Page 44
Like Ravel, Fastcase offers a robust case law visualization tool. And like all of Fastcase's core features, it's free to ISBA members.

Unraveling Ravel

By Jesse Bowman
March
2017
Column
, Page 60
Is your research project stymied by a broken URL? Time to fire up the Wayback Machine.

Finding ‘Lost’ Legal and Governmental Information

By Tom Gaylord
January
2017
Column
, Page 50
Is your research project stymied by a broken URL? Time to fire up the Wayback Machine.

Not Online and Free? Try the Library

By Tom Gaylord
November
2016
Column
, Page 52
Exhausted the online resources? Don't forget that not everything is online, even in the digital age.

City Files: Researching Local Administrative Law and Data

By Tom Gaylord
September
2016
Column
, Page 46
More local "law" beyond ordinances is available online, but sometimes a trip to a local agency is the only way to go.

The Illinois Budget: Finding Materials

By Tom Gaylord
July
2016
Column
, Page 42
How to find information about the Illinois budget despite the impasse.

Finding the Law of Judges and Judging in Illinois

By Tom Gaylord
May
2016
Column
, Page 42
Where to find laws governing judicial elections and more.

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