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Illinois Law Research Guide: Databases


The listed law-related databases are also available through the Law Library's Web site Lexis and Westlaw require user IDs and passwords.  The other resources are available to on campus users and off campus users who have valid Loyola IDs and passwords.

Setting Up "Alerts"

Many databases allow you to sign up for a notification, or "alert," system which will tell you when a search you have previously run has yielded new results.  These offer a great way to keep up with new developments on a legal question or topic without having to proactively rerun your searches.  The procedures for setting up such alerts differ from database to database.  If you cannot find directions within a particular database, ask for help in the Law Library.

IICLE Online Library

IICLE Online Library is an important database to consult when researching an Illinois legal issue.  It consists of publications of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) that are aimed at legal professionals who need "to the point" discussions of issues and citations to relevant primary authorities. 

Other Databases (Law)

As noted above, SmartBooks (IICLE Online) should be a first stop database for Illinois law research.  Among the many other databases to which the Law Library maintains subscriptions, the following contain materials that should also be particularly helpful to such research.  Lexis and Westlaw are huge databases, so instructions for zeroing in on available Illinois materials within them are included for each.

Subject Guide

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Patricia Scott
Director, Law Library & Clinical Professor of Law

Philip H. Corboy Law Center

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