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To receive new cases based on a previous search you’ve run, use the “Add Alert” button at the top of the results list. Here, we’ve run a search for “sentencing guidelines” in the Fourth Circuit and we’ve decided to add this search to our alerts so we get notified of new cases in the Fourth Circuit that also include the search term “sentencing guidelines.”
To do this, we’ll simply click the “Add Alert” button once we get to the results screen.
A small verification window will pop up to let us know the alert has been added.
Alerts can be managed by going to Options, then Manage Alerts.
You know Facebook has overtaken your life when you start thinking about relationships between cases, not just your friends…
In our quest to make the new Interactive Timeline even better, we combined Forecite and the Interactive Timeline, but we didn’t stop there. We also created a feature called “Explore Case Relationships” to give you even more information about your search results.
Now users can click on a specific case in the Interactive Timeline and get a new Interactive Timeline of the cases cited within that case as well as the cases that cite back to the original case.
Here’s an example:
We ran a keyword search for “fighting words” and “first amendment.” We’re interested in one case in particular, so we rested our mouse over the case circle and called up the case information.
To see what cases R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul cites as well as what cases cite to R.A.V., click on the blue “Explore Case Relationships” hyperlink.
Now you can see our original case is in the middle of the screen. To the left of the case you can see all the cases cited to in the R.A.V. opinion. To the right are the cases that cite back to R.A.V. (the later-citing cases).
To read any of the cases, click on an individual circle, then click the blue hyperlinked case name. To get back to the original Interactive Timeline, click the blue “Back to Interactive Timeline” hyperlink in the upper right hand corner.
We’ve merged two of our unique features and made it even easier for you to spot seminal and important cases. Before, the Interactive Timeline plotted your results on a graph so that the most-cited cases were immediately apparent. Forecite could be used to identify important cases that were not included in your search results and alert you to them.
Now we’ve combined those features so you can see the Forecite results in your Interactive Timeline.
Below, we ran a search for the terms “fighting words” and “First Amendment” in all jurisdictions.
Just as before, each one of the circles represents one of the cases in the list of results. We’ve drawn an orange box around the legend in the top right hand corner. The gray circle indicates how many times a case has been cited overall and the gold circle indicates how many times a case has been cited by a case in your list of results. But now you see orange and gray circles which represent the Forecite results. You can see that some of the Forecite results have been cited quite a few times!
To enlarge any area, just click and hold your mouse (we’ve drawn a second orange box around the “Click and drag to zoom” instruction) while drawing a square around the area you want to enlarge. The area you’ve selected will darken.
Let go of the mouse and the Interactive Timeline will zoom into the cases you’ve selected.
As before, simply hold your mouse over any case (circle) to get a preview of the case information and click to go to the full text of the case.
Note: The new Interactive Timeline will only work in Internet Explorer 9 and higher. The old version of the Interactive Timeline will show. Recent versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari will show the new Interactive Timeline.