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Articles on Legal Research

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.

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.

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New rule allows citation of unpublished federal opinions

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2007
LawPulse
Page 66
Federal appellate courts used to restrict or prohibit citation of unpublished opinions in arguments to the courts. That changed January 1.

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?

Free Online Research from Fastcase

By Irene F. Bahr
September
2006
Column
Page 456
This exciting benefit more than repays your dues investment.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Ten Tips for Starting Your Research Right

By Mark E. Wojcik
July
2003
Column
Page 359
New lawyers and summer clerks, listen up: you're researching real cases now. Here are some pointers to help you with the critical first task of any research assignment; determining its scope and limits.

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.

Law Librarians Can Help You Save Money and Do Better Research

By Peter A. Hook
July
2002
Article
Page 373
You can use a librarian to conduct research more effectively, even if you don't have one on staff.

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.

Build an Online Law Library for Free (Mostly)

By Todd H. Flaming
April
2002
Column
Page 211
The print law library is dead. Long live the Internet law library.

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.

Treasure Hunting at State Agency Web Sites

By Adria P. Olmi
July
2001
Column
Page 379
Don't overlook Illinois state agency Web sites, an increasingly rich source of free information. Here are some of the best agency resources for lawyers.

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