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This site is made up of four sections of information, each with a specific purpose. The Pocket Guide provides an overview of ADR. The Illinois Sourcebook gives in-depth information on court ADR in Illinois. The Instruction Manual is set up to help courts to create and improve programs. The Research Library contains thousands of other resources on court ADR.

For further information on navigating the site, see the questions and answers below.

  • Help! I can't find what I'm looking for!
    There are a few ways to search for resources and web content. The broadest search is the one found at the top of each page. Entering a keyword or key phrase into this field will bring back results for the entire web site, including all web pages and all resources in the database.

    Clicking on "Database Search" on the Home Page brings you to the search page for the Research Library Database. Click on "Additional Options" to open a menu of search options. These will allow you to refine your search. For tips on how to conduct the search itself, click on "Search Tips."
  • What is the database?
    The database is a collection of thousands of resources on court ADR. The resources include articles, books, program evaluations, court rules, statutes, and much more. Each is summarized and those that are particularly good are recommended.
  • The resources on some pages aren't complete. How do I see the full resource?
    On some pages, shortening the entry for the resources helps visitors to see as many resources as possible without endlessly scrolling. To see the full resource entries, click on "Turn annotation on" at the top of the list of resources.
  • What are Special Topics?
    Topics of particular interest to judges, lawyers, legal services, neutrals, program administrators, and the public have been brought together in one place to help to quickly orient individuals belonging to each group to those resources that are most likely to be useful to them.
  • Where do I find information on the effectiveness of ADR?
    There are two places to start: Summaries of Evaluations of Court Mediation Programs, and Court ADR Effectiveness in the Research Library, which has a select list of good program evaluations. If you want to search further, go to the Database Search to search the thousands of resources in our Resource Center.
  • Where should I look for information on starting an ADR program?
    The Instruction Manual has sample rules, model forms, information on monitoring and evaluating your program, and discussion of what leads to a successful program.
  • Where can I find the best books to read about ADR?
    The Research Library has a page of Recommended Resources. This is a good place to start. If you don't find what you're looking for there, do a database search. Under Additional Options, select resource type "book". Resources RSI recommends (in addition to the ones found on the Recommended Resources page) are marked on the search results page.