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Digests are traditional means of finding cases and correspond with various reporters.Jurisdiction-based digests include the Federal Practice Digest, the Illinois Digest and the Pacific Digest. The Decennial Digest covers all jurisdictions in 10-year increments. Digest divide the law into topics and then subdivide the themes into principles of points of law. The digest links points of law and provides brief abstracts that summarize points of a case and provide citations for each case.
Digests, while very helpful for researching a topic, tend to be available only through a licensed, commercial databases such as LexisNexis, Westlaw or Bloomberg Law. Some law libraries provide access to digests; check the online catalog or ask a reference librarian.
WestlawNext, LexisNexisAdvance, and Bloomberg Law provide the bulk of legal research for the legal profession. These databases charge a fee and tend to be very expensive. For the pro se litigant, such databases are not cost effective. However, there are a few options to obtain information.
Law journals often provide a more advanced understanding of a legal topic. Articles contain useful case citations and other reference useful for a research project. Journal articles tend to be subject specific and therefore some journals focus on a particular aspect of the law such as health law or family law. Typically, users need to access journals from a law library or university library as many journals are available via subscription only.
Although some of these resources are intended for lawyers, law students, and law faculty use, there are some that provide valuable information such as the IICLE (Illinois Institute for Continuing Education).
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