Bar News - October 19, 2016
Legal Research Tips from Casemaker Help Desk
Both frequent and new users of Casemaker, the online law library that’s free to use for all NHBA members (visit the Dashboard for access), could benefit from these user tips:
Seeing the Whole Picture
Sometimes seeing the entire Casemaker screen is difficult due to screen resolution or other monitor settings.The easiest way to see the entire Casemaker screen is to hold down the CRTL key and hit the hyphen or minus key. Hitting the hyphen key while holding down the CTRL zooms out – allowing users to view the whole interface. To zoom back in, hold down CRTL and hit the plus key. This works in any browser and on all websites.
Too Many Results?
Although it’s best to not start off with too narrow a search, initial queries may generate too many results. Narrow the results by filtering within the search. After clicking on the link to view all the case results, a new menu appears on the left side showing options for narrowing the search, such as by state, court, date, and keyword. Another way to limit results is to add “not” and keywords to be excluded from a search.
Picturing Search Results
Here’s a relatively new feature: While looking at a list of results, a small blue bar graph icon appears on the far right of the results display page. Clicking on it will create a timeline graph showing the number of times that the case has been cited over the years. Hover over the dots in the graph to see how many times the case in question has been cited in that year, and that dot can be clicked to generate a list of links to those cases. A key identifies if those citations were made within the same state of publication, other states, or federal.
There are many ways to get help using Casemaker. Click on “Help” on the top menu of any page, watch brief tutorial videos, access a user guide, or contact Customer Support with a phone call, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the “Live Chat” feature. The help desk is staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.