/ July 13, 2011

Tip: Harness Authority Check’s Citation Analysis to Find Authoritative Cases Quickly

Did you know that you can use Fastcase Authority Check to help you find the most authoritative cases on your research topic? In fact, if you are not taking advantage of Authority Check’s second level of citation analysis – citations within your search results – you may be missing out on valuable information.

Follow these quick and easy steps to get the most out of Authority Check and find authoritative cases quickly.

1. Perform a search using the Advanced Caselaw Search. Make sure that the box next to “Show Number of Citations in Search Results” is checked at the bottom of the page.

2. When you get to the Results screen, you will see a column labeled “Authority Check” on the far right of the screen. Under that heading, there will be a blue hyperlink that reads “These Results.” Click on the link.

3. After you click on the link, your search results will be sorted by the number of times they have been cited by other cases within your search results. In other words, the most authoritative cases – those relied on most heavily by other cases within your search results – will be at the top of the list.

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