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  • SIU Law Library: Evaluating Websites and Other Information Resources
    advocate for a particular point of view are frequently motivated to publish information related to their area of interest in a timely fashion For example an organization that files a lawsuit against a corporation or the government may make the documents in that lawsuit available on its website Those documents would be difficult to find on any other free website Of course if you find information on a website published by an organization representing one side of an issue you must verify that the information is accurate complete and current You must also distinguish between facts that can be verified and opinions presented as facts And be cautious of any information you find from organizations that are not open about their point of view Accuracy Before you rely on information you must be sure that it is complete and accurate Errors can occur even if a website is authoritative and unbiased If you find information that is full of typographical errors and broken links you should look for the information you need from a better source It is always a good idea to verify any information on which you want to rely You can do that by checking the authorities cited or linked on a web page and by finding the same information in two or more places The importance of your legal issue will help you determine how careful you should be that the information you find is accurate Coverage When you are doing caselaw research on a topic you usually need to have access to all the judicial opinions from the appropriate court s which could be federal a specific state or both The United States is a common law system and rulings in cases decided many years ago may still be good law if they have not been overruled reversed or changed by statute When you are doing statutory research you need to have access to all the statutes in effect This means that you should start your research in a statutory code rather than in session laws It also usually means that you will have to update your research with session laws passed since the last time the statutory code was updated Timeliness Finally you must evaluate legal information for currency When was the web page you have found last updated Primary legal information made available for free by the government is frequently out of date You should be able to tell from a good website when it was last updated If there is no statement about currency you will have to find a way to be sure your information is up to date Most government agencies publishing information on the internet cannot afford the quality control necessary to guarantee accuracy completeness and timeliness You will frequently find warnings on government pages to the effect that the information is made available as a public service but it should not be relied upon unless it is confirmed by checking the official publication Finally when you use the

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  • Using the SIU Law Library Website for Legal Research
    to Guides on how to use the law library basic legal research and more advanced legal research topics to help you get started with your research If you don t find what you need among the Guides try our Archive of Research Tips If you need to find a good database or website The law library subscribes to a number of specialized databases to help you with your legal research Some of them provide online access to resources that are not available on Westlaw or LexisNexis Some of them provide much better access to the resources See a complete list of Subscription Electronic Resources Access to most of these resources is limited to computers on the law school network or the SIUC campus network Restrictions for each resource are included on the list If you are affiliated with SIU you can access campus wide resources from off campus using your SIUC VPN To access resources that are restricted to the law school network you must be a member of the SIU Law faculty or staff or an SIU Law School student using your Law VPN If you need to find a good free or low cost website The law library staff has compiled many pages of websites that we recommend for legal research For each website we provide the URL and a short description Most of these are free although a few charge a small fee for some resources All can be used anywhere you have access to the internet To find a free or low cost website choose General Legal Websites Topical Legal Websites U S Gov t Information Websites or State Local Gov t Info Websites If you need to find a particular item To determine which books or journal titles are available at the SIU law library

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  • SIU Law Library: Finding Books and Videos in the Law Library
    or don t know the beginning of the title try a Word search instead Subject Subjects are assigned from a list of subject headings put out by the Library of Congress If your subject search doesn t find what you want try a Word search instead Keywords A keyword search will retrieve items that have all of your search terms in the title subtitle or a subject heading It will not necessarily find them as a phrase or in the same order that you entered them Once you find what you want in the SIU Law Library catalog note both the call number and the location and retrieve the item from the shelf If you need help finding something in the law library ask a member of the library staff or consult a law library floor map SIUC Morris Library catalog If the book you want is not available in the Law Library search SIUCat the Morris Library catalog Make a note of both location and call number then retrieve the item from Morris Library During the renovation of Morris Library many books and journals will be stored offsite See information about the Library s storage facilities and requesting materials located there SIU students faculty and staff have borrowing privileges in the Morris Library An adult who is not affiliated with the University may obtain a courtesy card at the Access Services circulation desk A courtesy card will provide borrowing privileges for library materials that circulate and the ability to access online resources and the internet when visiting Morris Library See Morris Library Circulation Policies XII Appendix for information about cost and duration of courtesy cards Interlibrary Loan Law students faculty and staff may request an interlibrary loan if they cannot find what they need in either the Law Library

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  • SIU Law Library: Finding Articles in the Law Library
    Law School network If you need help using WilsonWeb see Using WilsonWeb to Find Legal Articles Print indexes Current Law Index CLI and Index to Legal Periodicals ILP The SIU Law Library subscribes to both the Current Law Index CLI and the Index to Legal Periodicals ILP CLI is the print equivalent of the LegalTrac index and ILP is the print equivalent of the WilsonWeb index Both print indexes can be found in the Reference section on the first floor of the law library See law library floor maps or ask a member of the library staff for assistance For information on other resources for finding articles see Legal Periodical Indexes Guide SIUC Law Library catalog Once you identify an article that you want to read you can check if the law library has the journal containing your article by searching for the title of the Journal NOT the article on SIU Law Library catalog the SIU Law Library catalog If the law library has the journal you need note both the call number and the location and retrieve the item from the shelf In general journals are arranged alphabetically by title on the second floor of the law library Newer issues of the journal are kept on reserve If you need help finding something in the law library ask a member of the library staff or consult a law library floor map HeinOnline Once you have identified the citation of an article you wish to look at you may be able to find an exact page image PDF of the article on HeinOnline which has more than 370 journal titles available from their first publication date HeinOnline is available to SIU Campus Users SIU Morris Library catalog If the journal you want is not available in the Law Library

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  • SIU Law Library: Notices of Updates and Additions to the Law Library Website
    You subscribe to feeds for websites and blogs that interest you with a special program called an aggregator or reader Aggregators and readers include programs that can be downloaded onto your personal computer such as FeedDemon or NewzCrawler or websites such as My Yahoo and Bloglines When those sites and blogs are updated their RSS feeds are also automatically updated with headlines and sometimes with excerpts or full text The aggregator or reader automatically checks those feeds for updates collects the new information and organizes and displays it in reverse chronological order Simply by checking your aggregator for new items you can check new information from many sources in a matter of minutes If you already use a news aggregator you can copy and paste http feeds feedburner com SIULawLibrary to subscribe to the law library s update feed Alternatively you can click on one of the following icons to subscribe In most cases you will be prompted to login or register if you have not already done so If you would like to start using a feed reader also known as a news aggregator Bloglines is a good place to start To subscribe to the SIU Law Library Updates Additions feed with Bloglines click on the button For more information on subscribing to feeds with Bloglines read Using Bloglines to Manage Your Blogs and News Feeds Get SIU Law Library Updates Additions on My Yahoo Add SIU Law Library Updates Additions to My MSN Subscribe to SIU Law Library Updates Additions with NewsGator Online Add SIU Law Library Updates Additions to the My Feeds section on your My AOL Add SIU Law Library Updates Additions to your Google homepage or to Google Reader More subscription options for SIU Law Library Updates Additions Enter your email to subscribe to receive

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  • SIU Law Library: Legal Periodical Indexes Guide
    Law Users Only SmartCILP access limited to SIU Law Faculty and Staff only Current Law Index CLI 1980 to present Indexes 900 law journals Print monthly supplements 1st floor Index KF 8 C8 Index to Legal Periodicals ILP 1886 to present Indexes 850 legal periodicals Print monthly supplements 1st floor Index KF8 I532 LegalTrac online version of CLI above 1980 to present Indexes 875 legal periodicals Online daily updates http infotrac galegroup com itweb siu law Available to SIU Law Users Only LexisNexis Varies by periodical Hundreds of full text legal periodicals also has an index Legal Resource Index Online daily updates http www lexis com lawschool Requires LexisNexis ID available to SIU Law Students Staff and Faculty Only OCLC FirstSearch Varies by periodical Indexes articles on a wide variety of law related and non legal fields Some full text articles Online daily updates http firstsearch oclc org FSIP Search by topic or database WESTLAW Varies by periodical Hundreds of full text legal periodicals also has an index LRI Online daily updates http lawschool westlaw com Requires Westlaw password available to SIU Law Students Staff and Faculty Only WilsonWeb online version of ILP above law library subscribes to ILP Full

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  • SIU Law Library: Legal Research for Non-Law-School Students
    finding and the future of cases tape 3 Citators and secondary source research tape 4 Statutes legislative history and administrative materials tape 5 Legal research on the Internet and research strategies Robert C Berring Legal Research Made Easy A Roadmap Through the Law Library Maze Reserve Video 0078 One videocassette 145 minutes plus manual This video is aimed at non lawyers Also see listing of legal research guides at LexNotes Pathfinders URL http www lexnotes com paths shtml To find books on legal topics Use the SIU Law Library catalog available via the Internet at http 131 230 102 1 Search by author title subject keyword etc For more information see Finding Books and Videos in the Law Library To find legal periodical articles by topic Use LegalTrac 1980 present available to SIU campus users at http www law siu edu lawlib resdata index htm click on LegalTrac Use WilsonWeb 1980 present available to SIU campus users at http www law siu edu lawlib resdata index htm click on WilsonWeb Use printed indexes Current Law Index 1980 present Index Shelves KF 8 C8 or Index to Legal Periodicals Books 1908 present Index Shelves KF 8 I532 For more information see Finding Articles in the Law Library To find United States Statutes Use United States Code KF62 2000 A2 has subject index Search by keyword via GPO Access available to all Internet users via http www gpoaccess gov uscode index html or via LexisNexis Congressional available to SIU Law users only To find Illinois Statutes Use Illinois Compiled Statutes KFI1230 3 A3 has subject index Search by keyword via Illinois General Assembly s website available to all Internet users via http www ilga gov legislation ilcs ilcs asp To find federal cases by topic Use West s Federal Practice Digest 4th

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  • SIU Law Library: Common Legal Abbreviations
    Courts F R D Federal Rules Decisions rulings involving procedural rules from all United States District Courts Fed Appx Federal Appendix ALWD Manual citations unpublished cases from all United States Courts of Appeals Fed Cl Federal Claims Reporter cases from the United States Court of Federal Claims Fed R Civ P Federal Rules of Civil Procedure court rules Fed R Crim P Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure court rules Fed R Evid Federal Rules of Evidence court rules Fed Reg Federal Register federal regulations by date ILCS Illinois Compiled Statutes Illinois statutes arranged by subject Ill Ill 2d Illinois Reports 1st and 2d series Illinois Supreme Court cases Ill Admin Code Illinois Administrative Code Illinois regulations arranged by subject Ill App Ill App 2d Ill App 3d Illinois Appellate Court Reports 1st 2d and 3d series Illinois Appellate Court cases Ill Cl Illinois Court of Claims Reports Illinois Court of Claims cases Ill Comp Stat Illinois Compiled Statutes Illinois statutes arranged by subject Ill Comp Stat Ann West s Smith Hurd Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated Illinois statutes arranged by subject Ill Dec West s Illinois Decisions cases from Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court Ill Laws Laws of Illinois Illinois statutes by date Ill Reg Illinois Register Illinois regulations by date Ill Rev Stat Illinois Revised Statutes Illinois statutes arranged by subject previous code L Ed L Ed 2d United States Supreme Court Reports Lawyers Edition 1st and 2d series United States Supreme Court cases M J West s Military Justice Reporter cases from the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and Military Service Courts of Criminal Appeals N E N E 2d North Eastern Reporter 1st and 2d series cases from Illinois Indiana Massachusetts New York Ohio N W N W 2d North Western Reporter

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