Casemaker Tips and Tricks for April

by Alexa Drago on April 10, 2018

Each month we will be bringing you a few tips and tricks for making your research with Casemaker that much more efficient.  For more Casemaker tips and tricks follow them on FacebookTwitter, and via the Casemaker blog.


Advanced Search

In the left menu on the homepage, you will see a link for Advanced Search. Clicking on this will put up a box specifically designed for searching Cases by Keyword, Citation, Court, Panel, Date, name and more.

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.

Using the NOT search

Are your results giving you a bunch of cases that are not relevant but still contain your terms? Do those irrelevant cases all seem to have a term in common? Maybe you should try excluding a term. For example, maybe you want documents that mention property but not commercial property. In the search bar, you can enter property NOT commercial and Casemaker will give you cases that mention property that do not contain the word commercial.

New and Improved Jurisdiction Menu

Located between the search box and the search button, the Jurisdiction menu is one of the most powerful tools in the Casemaker system. It gives you the control to select as many or as few jurisdictions as you like – and now you can also select the exact type of data you want in those jurisdictions. This saves you the step of selecting the data type after your search!

Not familiar with the jurisdiction menu? It is easy to use! Rather than clicking on the state you want on the homepage, instead, click on the box located between the search box and the blue search button. There is a blue downward pointing arrow in the right side of this box. Clicking on this arrow will pull up the pop-up menu and from here you can check as many or as few boxes as you need. You can even select the type of data you want. Want to keep your selections as your default search? Just click the Save to My Settings button!


Casemaker’s Annotator is a feature available when reviewing a statute, rule, or administrative code section. Annotator provides you with a list of cases and other documents that mention or use the statute or admin code you are reviewing. You also have the ability to conduct a search through the documents or to limit the listed documents by subsection if needed. Links to the documents are provided, giving you the opportunity to explore how the statute, rule or code has been discussed.



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