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Tip: Send Your Search Results to Another Fastcase User

At Fastcase, you get static urls† for all search results (and cases).  That means you can save search results as bookmarks or send them to other Fastcase users.  Just follow these simple steps to send your search results to another Fastcase user:

1. Run a search.

2. When you are on the results screen, copy and paste the url into an email and send to the desired recipient.

3. Your recipient can access your search results by copying and pasting the url into her browser window after logging into Fastcase.

†Not sure what a url is?  “Url” stands for “uniform resource locator.”  Think of it as a type of address that tells your web browser where to access information from within Fastcase.  Urls are displayed in the address bar (usually at the top) of your web browser.   Fastcase urls begin with:  “https://.”

Tip: Selecting a Specific Jurisdiction

With Fastcase, it is easy to choose a specific jurisdiction for your case law searches.

1. Start by navigating to Advanced Caselaw Search.

2. Next, scroll down to the “Select Jurisdictions” heading and click the circle next to “Individual Jurisdictions.”

3. This should reveal a number of categories of jurisdictions. Expand any category by clicking the plus sign next to the category name.

4. Select the specific jurisdictions you wish to search within by marking the box next to the name of the jurisdiction. You can select as many or as few as you like, and you can search across different categories.

Bonus: As you search, the last 5 jurisdictions (or groups of jurisdictions) that you selected will begin to appear under “Recently Searched Jurisdictions.”

Tip: Search for a Case Using the Party Names

Did you know that you can easily look up a case using the party names?  Fastcase’s Keyword Search is the perfect tool for this type of search.

Example:  Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803).

1. Navigate to the Advanced Caselaw Search by choosing Search Cases from the Search menu.

2. If you know which jurisdiction issued the decision you are looking for, narrow your search accordingly.

3. Type the case name in the search box.  For example, here, you would simply type in Marbury v. Madison.

4. The case you are looking for will almost certainly show up in your top 10 search results.  In this example, the case we selected was the first case on the list.

Tip: Retrieve Your Favorite Cases Anywhere

Use Fastcase to create your own personal library of up to 50 favorite cases with just one click.  Once you have added cases to your library, you can access at any time, from any computer.

• To add a case to your library, just click on the link labeled Add to My Favorites at the top right hand side of the screen.

• To access the cases in your library, just select Go To Favorite Documents from the My Library menu.

Bonus: Did you know that Fastcase automatically saves the last 10 cases you have accessed in your library? To access this personalized case history, simply select Go to Recent Documents from the My Library menu.

Tip: Print a List of Your Search Results

Printing a list of your search results is easy with Fastcase. Just click on the Print List of Results link located above the list of results. This will automatically trigger your browser’s print function and print the first page of results on your list.

To print the next page, click the blue arrow to the right of where the number of results is listed, and click Print List of Results again.

Hint: You can print a list of up to 100 results at once by increasing the “Results per page” setting to 100 on the Advanced Caselaw Search page. By default, this is set at 20.