Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legal Research

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

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.

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