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Articles on Finding Illinois Law

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.

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?

How to Find Jury Instructions

By Phill Johnson
July
2003
Column
Page 361
Jury instructions aren't hard to find in print, but you'll have less luck searching online.

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.

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.

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.

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