Casemaker Tips and Tricks for October

by Alexa Drago on October 10, 2017

Each month we will be bringing you a few tips and tricks for making your research with Casemaker that much more efficient. This month — archived session laws, saving searches, emailing documents, and more.  For more Casemaker tips and tricks follow them on FacebookTwitter, and via the Casemaker blog.

Changing the Size on the Screen in Casemaker

When you are looking at a document in Casemaker you have the ability to increase the font with just one click. In the toolbar above the content of the document is a button with both a large and a small letter A (Aa). The first click on this will make the text size significantly larger, and with a second click, it returns to standard size.

Do you need more control or perhaps more than one step larger or smaller? You can zoom in or out on your Windows computer by holding down the CRTL key and hitting the + key (for larger) or the key (for smaller). On a Mac computer, your key combination would be COMMAND and the + key (for larger) and COMMAND and the key (for smaller). Those key combinations also work on other websites as well!
 

Citing References

While it is great to get that green thumbs up or red thumbs down from Casecheck+ to tell you if a case has been treated negatively in subsequent cases – it is also nice just to have a list of what actually cited the case you are reading. This is where Citing References comes in. When you are reading a case, you will notice in the bar above the case a link for Citing References. This will provide you with a list of cases that have cited this case. Links to these cases are included and will take you directly to the portion where the case you are researching is involved. When you pull up the list of Citing References you can narrow the results by keyword or jurisdiction using the menu on the left as well.
 

The Graph Icon

After performing a search you will notice to the far right of each of the results is a graph icon. Clicking this icon will plot, on a line graph, the number of times the case has been cited over the years. Hovering over the dots provided will tell you how many times it was cited in that year specifically, and clicking on the dot will provide you with a listing of clickable links to those cases from that year.
 

Browsing Statutes In Casemaker

Browsing statutes is another great way to research your issue. At times, you may not know the exact citation for the statute that is relevant to your issue. On other occasions, you may want to see the surrounding statutes as well. Instead of searching, we can browse the statutes.

Start by clicking on the jurisdiction you wish to view from the list of states on the homepage. Then click on Statutes. From there you can drill down in the Statute library to find what you need. Clicking on Titles, then on Subtitles, then Chapters and so on. There is a trail at the top of each page indicating what level of the hierarchy you are on. This can help you get your bearings in complicated statutes titles with many layers.
 

Saving time with the Combined link

When you are browsing statutes the Combined link shows up where there is no hierarchy lower than that step. Clicking on the Combined link will give you everything in that chapter or section. This means that rather than printing each statute individually, you can print out everything contained in that combined link at once.

 

Now Available in all States – Tree View

Tree View is now available in all state libraries. To use Tree View simply click on the state you wish to research then click on the Tree View link in the blue bar above the listing of libraries. Tree View provides an expanding and collapsing tree on the left side of the window to help you navigate the materials you are viewing. Simply use the plus icon to expand a section and the minus icon to collapse it.
 

Narrowing your Search

Are your results just too much? If you are finding too many documents, you can always narrow your search. Once you have submitted your query you can see the various document types that your results included in a list on the left side of the screen. Click on the category you prefer to get all the results in that document category.  Once your results load, you will notice a new menu will appear on the left side of the screen. This menu offers you a variety of ways to further narrow your search. For example, you can narrow by state, court, date, and keyword. Casemaker will automatically filter your results after you click the checkbox next to your choice. Take note, in some cases, you may have to click the Show All link to see all the possible options.
 

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