Casemaker Tips and Tricks for September

by Alexa Drago on September 14, 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.

More Archives

Casemaker offers Archived versions of not just Statutes but also Administrative Codes, Session Laws, and Court Rules. Our archives are always expanding and we expect to bring you more material to help your practice.

Casemaker Features

On the toolbar above the list of states on the homepage, you will find the Features link. The Features link (formerly Tools) gives you access to CasemakerDigest and Citecheck, descriptions of our additional services as well as information about what Casemaker covers. You also can find information about our partners and what services they offer. If you are unfamiliar with Casemaker the Features link is a great place to get an idea of all you can do with the service.

Using proximity search.

If you type in the word tax and the word annuity in the search bar Casemaker will pull up every document that has the word tax and the word annuity in it. Sadly that may not be what you are looking for. Proximity searches are great for getting closer to the issue. When using Casemaker w/ means “within” so w/5 would mean within five words. So for example, if you wanted to find cases where the word tax was mentioned near the word annuity you could enter tax w/5 annuity. If you wanted to find tax mentioned a bit further from annuity you could try tax w/25 annuity.

Using the asterisk * or suffix search

Using the asterisk tells the Casemaker system to find documents which have the characters before the asterisk but any ending. So drill* will pull up documents with driller, drilling, drilled and so on.

Setting the search

Below the search bar are a number of radio buttons you can use to select the type of search you are doing. The system will default to a keyword search. If you are searching for a case and know the citation then select the citation option. If you only have the name of one of the parties, the party button is the option you want. If you are typing in a statute cite then make sure to select section. Finally, if you are looking for an unpublished or slip opinion you can select docket number to search using that information.

You have History with Casemaker

Perhaps you have found yourself logged out of Casemaker. This is normal – to protect your privacy, Casemaker will log you out automatically after time has passed without any activity on your part. However, you may be concerned you won’t be able to get back to what you were doing. Don’t worry! Casemaker can help! Casemaker keeps a history of your activity as you search and browse. You can access this at any time by clicking the History link in the upper right corner of Casemaker. At the History link, you can view what you had worked with previously. The data is marked with a time stamp and if you were working with the Client function, you will see the tagged Client information as well. You can also delete content from the History screen if you wish by selecting one of the options from the drop-down menu.

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