Casemaker Weekly – December 19th, 2018

by Alexa Drago on December 19, 2018

Holidays are approaching rapidly. Casemaker will be closed 12/24 – 12/25 and 12/31- 1/2. As we also recognize everyone will be busy with the holidays, these weekly emails will take a few weeks off as well and we will resume 1/9/2019. We look forward to sharing great information with you then!

This week we will discuss three ways to search Casemaker – by keyword, using the suffix search and using the proximity search. Let’s get started!

Keyword Searching

The most basic Casemaker search is the keyword search. It can also be the most complex if you wish – just use the search operators found in the blue Search Tips link under the Search button. To search first select your jurisdiction from the jurisdiction menu, then type in your word or words in the search bar and hit the blue search button. The keyword search can be found in other places as well. When you are viewing the list of cases you discovered in a previous search you can narrow that search by keyword in the left menu. If you are looking at a list of citing references you can also narrow that list by keyword on the citing references page.

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.

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

That is all for this week! We will be back with more on January 9th. Have a great holiday season and thanks again for making Casemaker a Valued Member Benefit.

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