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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 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