/ September 26, 2012

Smarter Searching

Having trouble finding a case on point? Use sorting and filtering to find exactly what you are looking for with Fastcase. Start by broadening your search to include as many jurisdictions and common keywords as possible.

You can then use the filtering feature to find cases in your jurisdiction. Simply click on the drop down in the upper left corner of the page shown in the picture below.

Hint: If “All Jurisdictions” is selected and you’re still not getting any results, try modifying your search string to include synonyms and/or remove adjectives that may limit your search.

From there you can sort your case law search results in 6 different ways. Make your selection on the Advanced Caselaw Search page, or wait until you see your results and re-sort on the Results screen.

Sorting Options:

Relevance: This is the default sorting order, so if you don’t make a selection, this is the order that your results will appear in. The higher the Relevance percentage (0-100%), the more likely a case is to contain a substantive discussion of your topic.

Case Name: Sorting by case name will put your results in alphabetical order.

Decision Date: Sorting by decision date will put your results in chronological order.

Court Hierarchy: Sorting by Court Level or Court Hierarchy will put your results in order according to the level or the court issuing the decision, starting with U.S. Supreme Court decisions and ending with State Supreme and Appellate Court decisions.

Cited Within: Sorting by “Cited Within” will put your results in order of the number of times each decision was cited by other decisions in your search results.

Cited Generally: Sorting by “Cited Generally” will put your results in order of the number of times each decision was cited by other decisions in the Fastcase database.

Of course, if you are still having trouble, you can contact us for additional research support. Get live customer support 8am-8pm Mon-Fri by calling us at 1-866-773-2782, e-mailing support@fastcase.com, or contacting us via Live Chat by clicking here .

Comments are closed.