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Casemaker Weekly - June 25th, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020  
Casemaker4 is built around efficient searching and search operators help you build accurate queries. Let's take a look!

Casemaker4 uses the same search operators as previous versions of Casemaker. These are power tools to help you get just what you are looking for. Let’s review them!

AND searching – Example: Contract Binding
To perform the AND search, simply leave a space. Casemaker sees the space as the AND operator. This example will give documents that have the word contract as well as the word binding.

OR searching – Example: alimony OR support
Using OR as the operator will find documents that use either word in the query. In this example, the query will pull up documents mentioning either alimony or support anywhere in them.

NOT searching – Example: property NOT commercial
Using the NOT operator will tell the system to find the documents that mention the first term but do not mention the second. In this example, the query will pull up documents that refer to property but do not mention the term commercial

Phrase searching – Example: “right of way”
This search type tells the system to treat everything in the quotations as if it were one search term. In this example, this means it will only pull cases that mention right of way but not cases that mention the words right, of and way by themselves.

Thesaurus searching – Example: ~parole
The thesaurus search not only locates your search term but also words with the same meaning. In this example query, the search will pull up documents that mention the word parole as well documents that mention any synonyms of the word parole.

Asterisk searching – Example: run*
This search will pull up documents that mention terms that begin with the letters prior to the asterisk. In this example, the query will find documents that mention not only run but also any words that start with run such as runner, runs, running and so on.

Proximity searching – Example: tax w/10 property
This search will pull up documents that mention your first term within the number of words you specify of the other term. In this example, this will bring us documents where tax is mentioned within ten words of the term property.

Grouping searching – Example: (alimony OR support) AND divorce
This would be the one case where you should use the word AND in Casemaker. Using the parentheses tells the system you want to group these queries. In this example, the system will return documents that mention alimony or support but also mention divorce.

When creating searches, if you run into trouble or need a few tips Casemaker highly recommends contacting their customer support department. They have a live chat feature that will allow you to instant message Casemaker's customer support team during their regular hours. You will find a link to live chat in the upper right of the Casemaker4 screen. Live chat is especially useful when you are looking for search query assistance. Their support team can give you a sample query and you can copy and paste the search suggestions they have to offer!

That is all for this week! We will back with more tips and tricks next week. Thanks again for making Casemaker a Valued Member Benefit.

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