Casemaker Weekly – December 12th, 2018

by Alexa Drago on December 12, 2018

This week we talk about setting up and using the Secondary Password feature, we explain what SuperCode is and we discuss Citing References. Let’s get started!

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Searching for Cases with Citation
The most frequently used function of Casemaker for most users is searching by citation. From the home page, you can simply type your citation in. You do not have to worry about being too picky if you use the wrong spacing, punctuation, or capitalization; Casemaker will automatically correct that for you. You do however need to make sure you are using only the reporter citation and the proper abbreviation. Casemaker goes by the Blue Book citation guidelines if you have any questions regarding abbreviations. For example, with Kearns v. Ford Motor Co., 567 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2009), all you would put in the search bar is 567 F.3d 1120. Be sure you select the correct jurisdiction, however – you will not be able to pull up a New Hampshire Superior Court case when searching in US Court of Appeals!
Sometimes a particular citation brings up more than one result, and there is a very good reason for this. The other case shares a page with the case you were searching for. For example, your case may end on page 104 and another case begins on the same page of the reporter. This means even if you are typing in a pin cite, you will still be able to locate the case you are looking for.

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Citing References and Citing Cases Graph
When viewing search results, the number of cases that cite the case in question is provided as part of the result set in the right margin. In addition, a “Citing Cases Graph” is also available that provides a graphic display of the citing cases, by count, on a timeline. Once in the graph, a user can pick a point in time to see the citing cases and link to them if desired. When you are reading a case, you will see a tab labeled “Citing References” along the top grey bar. This lists all the cases which cited the case you are viewing. You can see Casecheck+ results here and you can also search within this list of cases as well.

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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.

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That is all for this week! We will back with more tips and tricks next week. Thanks again for making Casemaker a Valued Member Benefit.

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