Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legal Research

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.

Search and Assist

By Ed Finkel
June
2020
Cover Story
Page 20
Legal-technology companies are promising that artificial intelligence will make you a better lawyer.

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.

ISBA Members to Test Pilot New Court Records Database

By Pete Sherman
January
2020
LawPulse
Page 12
Roughly 30 ISBA Members selected to provide feedback on case information portal, re:SearchIL.

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.

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.

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.

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