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Bar News - March 16, 2012

Casemaker Improves Navigation, Adds Features

Starting this week, you will find a new look when you go to the Casemaker Web Library to conduct your research.

Casemaker, provided by the Association to its members at no additional cost, has overhauled its interface to provide a more streamlined searching experience and added personalization features.

An earlier version of the interface was tested by several Bar members last year and all found it easy to begin working with the new interface which emulates Google. At last week’s Midyear Meeting, Casemaker representative Jim Corbett, a former law librarian and veteran of online legal publishing, demonstrated the new Casemaker at a breakfast CLE. (A recorded version of that program will be available soon.)

Some of the benefits users will experience:
  • Faster searches with a more intuitive interface

  • Ability to save and reuse research with personalized folders

  • Create client or topical folders to organize your research for future reference.

  • Search capabilities make the wide range of libraries easily accessible and additional features such as "citation references," "search history," and "Most Used Collections" make Casemaker the one-stop location for all your research.

  • Create client billings. Simply select a client and all of your research time will be associated with this client.

  • The Casemaker search bar appears at the top of every page. Use simple queries or enter complex search language. Once the results are delivered, Casemaker offers "search within a search" filters to narrow your results.

  • With its notes feature, Casemaker makes it possible to write, post, and save notes directly to cases as you review them.
Just last week, attorney and legal media commentator Bob Ambrogi reviewed the new Casemaker, which he accesses as a member of the Massachusetts State Bar Association. "Bottom line, a much-improved user experience," he wrote at his blog, Lawsites, at "With this new release, Casemaker has enhanced its interface by leaps and bounds."

Casemaker is offering free 20-minute webinars that provide live, guided tours of Casemaker’s features each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays through the month of April (times vary, but usually at noon or 1 p.m.) Once you have signed into Casemaker, look for "Webinars" in small print above the search box, next to "Help."

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