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Illinois Legal Research: Overview

Legal Research Guides

The Law Library has several resources dedicated to legal research. Books about  Illinois legal research are located in the Illinois Alcove near the reference desk.  Other books on general legal research can be found in the Practical Skills collection.


This guide is intended to identify primary sources and explanatory secondary sources for Illinois law.  Access to most of these sources is available in print and online. Call numbers to the print sources are provided below the name of the source, and the links to online versions are also provided, where applicable.

Online Research

LexisNexis Academic provides campus-wide access to many primary sources of Illinois law. Note that this is different from Lexis. LexisNexis Academic is available to anyone on campus, whereas access to Lexis is limited to law students and faculty and requires a username and password.

Legal Research Guides

The Law Library

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Champaign, Illinois 61820
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