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Articles on Legal Research

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.