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Articles on Legal Research

Federal Administrative Law: New and Updated Resources

By Tom Gaylord
March
2016
Column
Page 58
A fresh look at the many free resources available for researching federal regulations and agencies.

Underappreciated Illinois Legislative Resources

By Tom Gaylord
January
2016
Column
Page 53
The LRB and General Assembly have added new web features.

Resources for Researching Illinois Constitutional Law

By Tom Gaylord
November
2015
Column
Page 46
A rundown of the many free resources for researching the Illinois Constitution.

Resources for the (Occasional) Foreign-Law Researcher

By Tom Gaylord
September
2015
Column
Page 48
Low-cost foreign-law research options. 

A Deep Dive into the Legislative Source Book

By Tom Gaylord
July
2015
Column
Page 54
A closer look at this repository of federal legislative and administrative resources.

50 Columns In: What Have We Learned?

By Tom Gaylord
May
2015
Column
Page 48
A look back at eight years of columns.

Finding and Using Blawgs to Follow the Law

By Tom Gaylord
March
2015
Column
Page 50
Blawgs are great sources of breaking news on almost any topic.

More on 50-State Surveys:The Book of the States

By Tom Gaylord
January
2015
Column
Page 45
The Book of the States is another free online tool for doing comparative state research.

Federal and Illinois Court Dockets: What’s Online?

By Tom Gaylord
November
2014
Column
Page 552
Though the feds keep docket information in PACER, electronic Illinois docket info is harder to find.

Tax Resources from the Illinois Department of Revenue

By Tom Gaylord
May
2014
Column
Page 246
Tax season is over, but the IDOR website is a year-round resource.

Looking for Free Legal Information? Check out the Law Library of Congress

By Tom Gaylord
March
2014
Column
Page 148
There might be a broken link here or there, but the Law Library of Congress is still a great portal to free legal resources.

More Federal Court Opinions on FDsys

By Tom Gaylord
January
2014
Column
Page 48
The Federal Digital System (FDsys) now includes an expanded library of federal cases.

Using Twitter to Keep Up with the Law

By Tom Gaylord
November
2013
Column
Page 590
Twitter is a great way to send and receive breaking legal news.

Fastcase and HeinOnline Team Up

By Tom Gaylord
September
2013
Column
Page 482
HeinOnline and Fastcase subscribers now have access to each other's data.

What’s New with Fastcase

By Tom Gaylord
July
2013
Column
Page 368
The new Bad Law Bot flags negative treatment of cases.

Environmental Law Resources for Illinois Attorneys

By Tom Gaylord
May
2013
Column
Page 260
There's a plenty of free, online primary environmental law.

How Do I Research That? Find a LibGuide

By Tom Gaylord
March
2013
Column
Page 158
The LibGuide system connects to thousands of free research guides.

A New Tool for Federal Legislative Research

By Tom Gaylord
November
2012
Column
Page 612
Congress.gov will soon succeed THOMAS as the go-to site for federal legislative research.

Federal Administrative Law Part 3: Agency Decisions and Guidance Documents

By Tom Gaylord
November
2011
Column
Page 586
Here's how to find these useful resources on the web.

The New, Online-Only Illinois Reports

By Tom Gaylord
September
2011
Column
Page 477
Now the supreme court publishes the official version of Illinois cases - here's what it means.

Vendor-neutral citation comes to Illinois

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2011
LawPulse
Page 330
Beginning July 1, the official version of Illinois opinions will be published publicly on the court's website, not privately in bound volumes.

Looking for Federal Government Documents? Try FDsys

By Tom Gaylord
May
2011
Column
Page 264
The U.S. Government Printing Office's FDsys website is a great place to find documents, too.

Is the Law You Cite Authenticated? Does It Matter?

By Tom Gaylord
January
2011
Column
Page 48
Should the government, not vendors, produce "official" versions of the law?

Federal Legislative History - Free Tools at Your Fingertips

By Tom Gaylord
May
2010
Column
Page 264
Great (and free) Web-based resources.

Research Resources from Illinois Academic Law Libraries

By Tom Gaylord
July
2009
Column
Page 368
Have a research project? Go back to law school, or at least to a law school library near you.

Sources of Illinois Legal Research

By Tom Gaylord
May
2009
Column
Page 264
These bibliographies help you find Illinois research tools on your topic.

Should You Use Fastcase and How?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2009
Article
Page 178
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.

Evidence Resources or Illinois Practitioners

By Tom Gaylord
March
2009
Column
Page 154
A look at some free evidence-related online resources.

Illinois Statutory and Legislative Resources

By Tom Gaylord
January
2009
Column
Page 48
The statutes are online, of course. But here are other free resources.

Playing with PreCYdent: The move toward Free Online Primary Law

By Tom Gaylord
November
2008
Column
Page 588
Two Web sites are bringing free cases and more to the public

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