Using History

The History Link in the upper right will provide you with a complete history of all the searches you’ve created, and documents you’ve viewed since logging into the Casemaker system. Each item in the History comes complete with a date and time stamp, as well as a client label if you performed it while logged in to a client. So if you spent Friday evening searching for a particular statute and forgot to save it to a folder, you don’t need to worry! Just click your history to find it again without the hassle. The date and time stamps will help you be able to navigate which of these descriptions is the right one. 

Accessing Archived Content

Casemaker offers you not just current statutes, rules, and session law – but archived versions as well. There are a number of ways to locate the archive versions of content. If you are reading the content of a rule or statute, you will see a tab in the grey bar labeled “Archive.” Clicking on that tab will show you a page of years giving you the ability to see the rule or statute in previous years. If you click on a state library you can also find a tab labeled “Archive” in the blue bar at the top of the list of library sections. If you click on Federal materials you will find a similar link in the grey bar above the list of Federal materials. These archive links on the library pages will take you to a page that allows you to choose which archive you would like to view. You can also find the archives in Tree View by expanding any section that has archives and clicking on the year you wish to view.

Always Available – Folders

Perhaps you often print cases that you need, or maybe you download them to your work computer. As you have likely found, the file on your computer or the case you printed are only useful if you have them with you. However, you can access Casemaker from anywhere using a web browser! So instead, you can save the items you need to a folder in your Casemaker account which is accessible from anywhere you can access the web.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to create a folder. Click on the save to folder icon and type a folder name here into the new folder name field. Then just click create.

There are two methods to save a document to a folder. You can click on the Save To Folder icon from the Dark Gray toolbar, choose your folder, and click Save. Or you can click on the orange My Folder Icon next to the search button, and then choose the folder you’d like to use and click OK. This allows the orange folder icon to represent the folder that you’ve selected. Then you can simply click, drag, and drop documents into that folder for saving.

When you are ready to view the contents of your folders, you can click on the white My Folders link at the top of the search area. The listing of your folders is displayed on the left and clicking on your folder will display it’s contents in the central area of the screen. Once the folder has loaded you have the opportunity to move, rename, or delete the entire folder. You can also utilize the individual check boxes to print, download, email, or throw away individual contents.

Make a Note of it!

You can add notes to any document you find in Casemaker. The note is unique to your account and cannot be seen by anyone else. When you are viewing a document you can add a note by clicking the “Notes” drop-down in the light gray bar and then selecting “Add Note.” A new window will appear and you can type in what you wish. Once you are done typing click save. The note is the stored at the top of the document. You can use the same notes menu to determine if notes or visible or hidden. Clicking the pencil icon on the note will allow you to edit the note and to delete it permanently click the “x” icon

Emailing Documents

Have you have been viewing a document in Casemaker and wanted to just email it to your client or colleague? Casemaker allows for just that! To email a document to your client, your colleague, or even yourself – you first need to click on the envelope icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the document in the dark gray bar. A pop-up window will appear giving you a number of options to choose from. You can select the document format. You can choose to send a PDF, Word or WordPerfect document as well as chose dual or single column format. You can also decide to include your notes or any highlighted terms. If you would like, you can attach the list of citing references and any negative treatment found as well. Make your choices then enter the recipient’s email address (or addresses), a subject for the email, and a short message if you wish. Then hit the blue email button and Casemaker will email the document for you. It is that simple!

Searching by keyword

The most basic Casemaker search is the keyword search. It can also be the most complex if you wish – just use the search operators found in the blue Search Tips link under the Search button. To search first select your jurisdiction from the jurisdiction menu, then type in your word or words in the search bar and hit the blue search button. The keyword search can be found in other places as well. When you are viewing the list of cases you discovered in a previous search you can narrow that search by keyword in the left menu. If you are looking at a list of citing references you can also narrow that list by keyword on the citing references page.

The radio button selections below Casemaker search bar defaults to keyword. You may find that you can still enter things that are not keywords and get results, however, they may not be as accurate. You certainly can leave keyword selected and enter in a case citation – but you may get more than just the result you were seeking. In those cases, you may wish to choose a more specific search type.

Additional Security

Casemaker takes pride in being safe and secure – but we understand if you would like another layer of security. This is why we give you the option to add an additional password to Casemaker. Simply click Setup Password in the My Accounts section of Casemaker. Here you will be able to set a password and security question to further secure your research and notes. You will be asked to enter this password after you login to Casemaker via your Bar. If the password is not entered or entered incorrectly, your history, folders, clients, and personalization will not be available.

Learning, at any time.

While Casemaker offers regular live webinar training, you may find that you are unable to attend those sessions. You can learn how to use Casemaker at any time with our recording videos.  In the upper right corner of the Casemaker screen is a link labeled Videos. Here you will find our Introductory Training Video as well as other informative presentations available 24 hours a day.