Legal Research Blog


Fastcase 7: It’s coming . . .

Fastcase is preparing to launch a brand new user interface, Fastcase 7. Here are three things you need to know about it.

  1. You are not going to lose access to classic Fastcase.

When you login to Fastcase, you will still see the “My Research Home” screen with the familiar “Quick Caselaw Search” field.


The only item that will change is that you will now have the ability to switch over to the new interface, Fastcase 7. Eventually Fastcase 7 will be the default, but that toggle switch will stay so that you can switch over to Fastcase 6 anytime you want. We will give everyone plenty of time to get familiar with the new system, so Fastcase 6 will be around for as long as it’s needed.

  1. Switching to and from Fastcase 7 will be easy.

When your account has been enabled, you will see a “toggle” button appear on the upper right-hand side of your screen.


Simply click on the button and you will automatically load the Fastcase 7 interface. Click on the button again to transition back to classic Fastcase.

  1. Fastcase 7 is simple and intuitive.

All the great features you know and love from Fastcase 6 have made the trip to Fastcase 7, and are joined by a host of new features and improvements. Keep an eye on this blog for introductions to the new improvements.

Happy Searching!

The Fastcase Team.

View an Introductory Tour of Fastcase 7

Trying a new interface can be confusing. The colors and fonts are different, nothing is where it used to be, and sometimes old features have new names. Not to mention the new features, which look interesting, but you have no idea how to use them yet.

Don’t give up. Fastcase 7 is more intuitive and operates more in line with the way you think when you are on the hunt for legal research. Fastcase 7 comes with a guided tour that will automatically launch the first time you use the toggle to access Fastcase 7.


To view the guided tour, simply click on start. If you are in a hurry and don’t want to view the guided tour immediately, simply click on cancel. Don’t worry, the prompt for the tour will still automatically load the next time you login. The guided tour is self-paced, so don’t worry about taking extra time to read each pop-up and to learn about each feature. Simply click “next” when you are ready to move to the next pop-up.


Missed something? You can go back at any time by clicking “back.”


Want to stop the guided tour? Simply click on the “x” in the corner of the pop-up. If you do not want to see the guided tour prompt each time you login, click on the “Don’t show me this again” check box.


Want to see the guided tour at a later date? You can start the guided tour anytime by clicking on “Guided Tour” from the Help & Support tile on the start page.


Happy Searching!

The Fastcase Team.

Fastcase 7 Innovation: Bottomless Searching

Navigating through web pages sometimes involves a lot of clicking. Click here, next page, previous page, last page, the number of page links that you need to click on is immense. Also, what if you need to go back? How many pages back was the perfect case you saw five minutes ago, do you remember? Fastcase is proud to offer a solution to this dilemma. Fastcase is the first legal research service to offer infinite scroll. Simply enter your search terms, click “go”, and begin scrolling through your results.


As you near the bottom of your search results, Fastcase 7 will automatically load more results until all responsive results have been displayed on your page. No further clicking needed from you. Innovations from Fastcase to make searching easier.


Happy Searching!

The Fastcase Team.

History in the Making

Fastcase Innovation: Expanded History Tool

Did you run the perfect search on 9/15/2016, but can’t remember what the terms were that you used? Don’t worry, it happens to everyone. Fastcase has beefed up the history tool in Fastcase 7. We now save more of your history and show you more about each past search. This includes the date of the search, the search terms, and what library you selected for your search. This makes it easier than ever to pick up where you left off and continue prior research tasks.


Just click on the search term to immediately re-run the search and receive the same relevant results.

Happy Searching!

The Fastcase Team.

Tag, You’re It!

Fastcase 7 Innovation: The Tag Cloud

One innovation driven by social media is the tag cloud. Tag clouds allow users to see common repeated terms in a list of content.

For legal research, this can be invaluable for focusing your search. Say you’ve run a search for “Terry Stop,” but the number of returned results is too large and you would like to focus the search to more precisely meet your fact situation. The tag cloud that automatically loads on the bottom left side of your screen is a perfect solution. Simply click on a term to have it automatically added as a filter to your search.


So now your search for “Terry Stop” and Arrest is narrower and more precise, all with just one click of your mouse.

Happy Searching!

The Fastcase Team.