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How to Browse Libraries on Fastcase 7

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Searches are a great way to find materials with specific words or phrases, but when you’re just starting to investigate a new subject, sometimes the fastest way to find the controlling statute or rule is to browse through the library, rather than searching it. Using Browse Libraries on Fastcase, you can see the “table of contents view” of the entire code and easily toggle back and forth between different individual statutes or rules. Browsing lets you see the code organized by subject, rather than by key word.

Example:

If you wanted to browse the D.C. Code to find 12-301 (the statute of limitations), you would follow these steps:

Step One: Go to the Advanced Search page.

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Step Two: Click on Browse Libraries in the lower-right corner under Other Resources.

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Step Three: A list of libraries will appear. Select Statutes and Codes, then District of Columbia from the list of statutes and jurisdictions by clicking on the yellow folder icons next to them. dc-codeThis will bring you to an expandable outline of the D.C. Code. Choose which edition of the D.C. Code you want to search by clicking on the orange plus sign next to the applicable edition.

Step Four: Initially, you will see a list of the DC Code Divisions. Click on the yellow folder next to each Division to view the Titles in that Division. Then click on the yellow folder next to Title to view each Chapter in that Title, and so on.

Scroll down and expand Division II Judiciary and Judicial Procedure.

Then scroll down and expand Title 12 Right to Remedy.

Finally, scroll down a bit further and expand Chapter 3 Limitations of Actions, then click on 12-301 Limitation of time for bringing actions.

Step Five: The statute text will open up in a new pane on the right while the outline of the code remains in the pane on the left. You can jump to other sections of the Code by selecting them in the left-hand pane, or just skip to the next or previous section by using the arrow buttons to either side of the word DOCS above the statute text.

Step Six: Now that you’ve found the right statute, you can bookmark it in your browser or save it to your favorite documents on Fastcase, or just write down the citation so you can search for it later.

 

How to Find Election Law in Your Jurisdiction

It’s Election Day, and there are a lot of tight races out there! As America heads to the polls, people on both sides of the aisle are wondering what happens if a result gets contested. Does your jurisdiction have automatic recounts? What’s the threshold? Can one side demand a recount? Here’s how you can find out on Fastcase 7:

Step 1: Start Your Search

Open up Fastcase 7, and enter the following terms into the search bar: election* /5 recount*

Then click Go to return every document we have that mentions the words election and recount close together.

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Step 2: Narrow Your Search

That initial search will pull up over 3,000 documents, most of which won’t be relevant in your jurisdiction. Thankfully, unlike election results, you can filter your Fastcase search results to only those you want to see. To focus down on just the relevant results, use the Filters pane on the left-hand side of your screen.

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For example, let’s say we’re worried about another kerfuffle in Florida. Scroll down to Jurisdiction and select FL, and then click Apply Filters to narrow down your results.

 

Step 3: Look for What’s Important

Now you’ve got a list of all the cases, statutes and regulations in Florida that talk about election recounts. You can either review the list in order by relevance or date, or if you want to quickly get an idea of the important cases, expand the Interactive Timeline pane to see them laid out visually by time and importance.

 

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Notice that Fastcase Forecite keeps you apprised of important cases, even if you’ve filtered them out. We may have limited our results to Florida state cases, but no discussion of Florida election law could be complete without a mention of Bush v. Gore.

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Good luck at the polls today and as always, Happy Searching!

-The Fastcase Team

Choose How You Print

Ever print something from a website and find that some of the page has been cut off or the URL is printed across the bottom of the page? Fastcase allows you to print clean, single or dual-column Word or PDF documents.

Here’s how to do it:folder

1. Once you’ve found your case, hover over the white folder in the upper-right corner and click the Print link in the dropdown menu.print

2. Choose whether to highlight your search terms, and set your preferred number of columns.

3. You can also choose whether to print the document from Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat in the Format section.

4. When you’ve selected all your preferences, press Print/Save and your document will open in the program of your choice.

5. From here, you can print it right away or save the document to print later.

Happy Searching!

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.

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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.

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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.