Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Legal Research

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.

Must-Have Bookmarks: The Cornell Law Library and Legal Information Institute

By Adria P. Olmi
March
2001
Column
Page 153
Cornell Law School, a cyberspace pioneer, still offers some of the best online resources for lawyers.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
February
2001
Column
Page 56
When does may mean must? When it comes to appealing interlocutory orders

Correspondence from Our Readers

December
2000
Column
Page 678
Civility, please.

Illinois Legislative History

By James E. Duggan
November
2000
Column
Page 665
Difficult though they may be to research, legislative histories can make a difference in your case. Here's how to find what you need.

Illinois Regulations

By James E. Duggan
July
2000
Column
Page 417
Keeping abreast of Illinois regulatory law remains a challenge, but now there are more options than ever.

Researching Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law

By James E. Duggan
May
2000
Column
Page 291
Here's a compendium of resources for Illinois workers' comp lawyers.

Illinois Bar Association Journals and Newsletters

By James E. Duggan
March
2000
Column
Page 175
For practical advice, bar periodicals are hard to beat (even if we do say so).

Legal Newspapers and Law Reviews: Focus on Illinois Law

By James E. Duggan
January
2000
Column
Page 49
A short list of law reviews and newspapers that cover the Illinois-law beat.

Treaties and Selected Foreign Law Research: A Primer for Illinois Attorneys

By James E. Duggan
November
1999
Column
Page 613
When confronted with those occasional (but inevitable) questions about foreign law, where do you turn? Read on and find out.

Internet Update: Cases and Illinois Statutes

By James E. Duggan
September
1999
Column
Page 501
More and more Illinois primary law is available on the Net. Here are some of the best sources.

Illinois Statistics

By James E. Duggan
July
1999
Column
Page 387
Put the facts at your fingertips with these helpful references.

The Illinois Court of Claims

By James E. Duggan
May
1999
Column
Page 283
The court of claims is an unfamiliar realm to many lawyers; here's a guide.

Finding and Citing Law in the Information Age

By Timothy L. Bertschy
March
1999
Column
Page 124
One of the fundamental tasks of a lawyer is to find the law and communicate that authority to others.

Using Illinois Legal Encyclopedias

By James E. Duggan
March
1999
Column
Page 167
You loved 'em as a kid and as a law student — now that you're a lawyer, don't overlook encyclopedias as you begin your legal research.

A Directory of Directories

By Jean McKnight
January
1999
Column
Page 57
Here's where to turn when the question isn't "Who ya gonna call?'' but "How ya gonna find 'em?''

Researching Illinois Court Rules

By Jean McKnight
November
1998
Column
Page 641
It's not hard to find the latest state and Illinois-based federal court rules . . . if you know where to look.

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