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Articles on Finding Illinois Law

Professional Responsibility in Illinois: Rules, and MCLE

By Tom Gaylord
September
2008
Column
Page 474
There's a wealth of legal-ethics information online if you know where to look.

Finding Free Legal Articles on the Web

By Tom Gaylord
July
2008
Column
Page 370
A growing number of law-review articles are free for the viewing.

Keeping up with the Bloggers

By Tom Gaylord
May
2008
Column
Page 264
Use these tools to find and stay up with blawgs.

Helpful Resources from the Illinois Courts

By Tom Gaylord
March
2008
Column
Page 160
Every Illinois lawyer should visit the Web site of the Illinois courts.

Ready Reference for the Occasional Question

By Tom Gaylord
January
2008
Column
Page 52
Here’s a grab bag of miscellaneous and – mostly – free research sites.

Using “My Legislation” to Keep Up to Date

By Tom Gaylord
November
2007
Column
Page 608
The General Assembly Web site's free "My Legislation" feature lets you stay abreast of new public acts.

Illinois Administrative Agency Publications Online

By Tom Gaylord
September
2007
Column
Page 494
There's a wealth of information if you know where to look.

Beyond the Regs: Illinois Administrative Law Online

By Tom Gaylord
July
2007
Column
Page 382
A look at state agency Web sites that offer the agency's administrative decisions and more.

New Legislative History Resources

By Tom Gaylord
May
2007
Column
Page 268
Debate transcripts and more are on the General Assembly's Web site.

Finding Illinois Municipal Ordinances Online

By Tom Gaylord
March
2007
Column
Page 156
They can be hard to come by online - here's where to find them.

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.

Illinois Agencies on the Web

By Phill Johnson
September
2004
Column
Page 493
More and more information is available on state agency Web sites, much of it useful to lawyers and – best of all – free.

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.

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.

Have Online Citators Made Print Obsolete?

By Phill Johnson
March
2004
Column
Page 155
Have we reached the point that using print citators to track the subsequent treatment of a case begs a malpractice suit?

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.

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