March 28, 2018
This week we talk about using search operators, searching for a statute with a
citation, and the benefits of clicking sign out when you are done - Let's get
Search Operators in Casemaker
Casemaker has a number of search functions that allow you to create complex
searches to locate the information you are looking for. Let’s have a quick review
AND searching – Example: Contract Binding - To perform the AND search,
simply leave a space. Casemaker sees the space as the AND operator. Our
example will give us documents that have the word contract as well as the
OR searching – Example: alimony OR support - Using OR as the operator will
find documents that use either word in the query. In our example, this query will
pull up documents mentioning either alimony or support anywhere in them.
NOT searching – Example: property NOT commercial - Using the NOT operator
will tell the system to find the documents that mention the first term but do not
mention the second. In our example, the query will pull up documents that refer
to property but do not mention the term commercial.
Grouping searching – Example: (alimony OR support) AND divorce - This
would be the one case where you should use the word AND in Casemaker.
Using the parentheses tells the system we want to group these queries. In this
example, the system will return documents that mention alimony or support but
also mention divorce.
Phrase searching – Example: “right of way” - This search type tells the system
to treat everything in the quotations as if it were one search term. In our
example, this means it will only pull cases that mention right of way but not
cases that mention the words right, of and way by themselves.
Thesaurus searching – Example: ~parole - The thesaurus search not only
locates your search term but also words with the same meaning. In our
example query, the search will pull up documents that mention the word parole
as well documents that mention any synonyms of the word parole.
Suffix searching – Example: run* - This search will pull up documents that
mention terms that begin with the letters prior to the asterisk. In our example,
the query will find documents that mention not only run but also any words that
start with run such as runner, runs, running and so on.
Proximity searching – Example: tax w/10 property - This search will pull up
documents that mention your first term within the number of words you specify
of the other term. In our example, this will bring us documents where tax is
mentioned within ten words of the term property.
Searching for Statutes
You know exactly the citation for the statute you want and would you'd like to
create a search and locate that statute. You can actually type that statute
number in right into the search bar on the homepage. First, select the
jurisdiction of the statute using the jurisdiction menu which is the box with the
blue downward pointing arrow between the search bar and the search button.
Next, using the circles below the search bar, also known as radio buttons,
select section. This tells Casemaker you want it to look for a statute section
with the information you put in the search bar. Now enter your citation in the
search bar and hit the blue search button. Your statute should pull right up!
Upon clicking our Sign Out link you will be logged out of the system and
provided with a Session Summary. This is a listing of everything you did while
logged in. Complete with a date and time stamp, and client labels. Of course,
the searches and documents are stored in your history as well! That is all for this week! We will back with more tips and tricks next week.
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