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Illinois Law Research Guide: Getting Started


When researching an Illinois legal issue you must consider all possible forms of "the law" - cases, statutes, and administrative rules and regulations - that may apply.  This guide presents sources for finding all 3 types of those primary authorities.  Useful secondary sources for understanding Illinois law are also included.

This guide does not include specific instructions for researching in particular legal topical areas.  If you need help researching a particular topic (e.g. Child Law) within Illinois law, please consider consulting one of our topical research guides as well.

Access to some of the electronic resources included in this guide is limited to users who have a valid Loyola ID and password; access to other resources is restricted to the law school community only.

Bar Associations

Primary Sources - Quick Links

These are a few free web options for finding Illinois primary authorities.  Click the Web Resources tab, above, for more free web options for Illinois law.

NOTE: On May 31, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a new citation rule (Supreme Court Rule 6) applicable to Illinois case law.  The new rule took effect on July 1, 2011.  Read more about it here:

Structure of Illinois Legal System

See the following links to learn more about the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of the Illinois legal system.

Subject Guide

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Patricia Scott
Director, Law Library & Clinical Professor of Law

Philip H. Corboy Law Center

25 E. Pearson St.

Chicago, IL 60611

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