Search Cases By Keyword Search
Keyword searches are an easy way to find the relevant
case law you need.
- In the left frame where it says Search Cases, click on
- A new screen will appear.
- Place your cursor in the Keyword box. Type your
keywords with spaces in between them (i.e. contract damages). JuriSearch® will look for
these words in any order. If you enter a phrase in quotations (i.e. "search
and seizure"), JuriSearch® will look for these exact words in this order.
- Lets conduct a search for forum selection clause
which words we will type in the "Keyword" box.
- All databases are selected by default.
- If you would like to search all three databases, leave
Select Database(s) as is. The 2d Series, 3d Series, 4th Series and Daily Opinions will
remain highlighted and will be searched.
- Otherwise, click on just the databases you would like to
search. These databases will remain highlighted. Lets select 4th Series and Current
- The Display Options are defaulted at Headings with Hits.
- The Display Options are defaulted at 10 words around Hits.
- When your search is displayed, your search forum
selection clause will have 10 words around it so that you can see the context of
- Click on "Find It!"
- A new screen with your Search Results for the 4th Series and
Daily Opinions will appear.
- Below the Search Results are the Hits.
- A Hit is the number of times your search appears in a
paragraph or the full text (depending on which option you select). For our sample search,
the Hits are the number of times the words forum, selection and clause appear in a
paragraph. Hits do not refer to the number of cases.
- For the 4th Series Cases there are 103 Hits.
- For Daily Opinions, there is 1 Hit.
- When you have no Hits, you will receive a message to
Go back and revise your search.
- Below the Search Results is a Results Map. The Results Map
shows the number of Hits with each combination of words. A review of the Results Map will
show you where you might want to change your search.
- To see the results of your search, click on Click Here to
- Lets view 4th Series Cases so click on Click Here to
View Results under Records with Hits: 103.
- The results of your search will appear in two frames.
- On the left is a Table of Contents with a list of cases
containing your search. In the right frame is the full case of the first case listed in
the Table of Contents.
- To view the case in full screen, click on the Document icon
in the bottom frame.
- To view the Table of Contents in full screen, click on the
Table icon in the bottom frame.
- The most recent California Supreme Court cases will appear
first followed by California Courts of Appeal cases.
- If you are reading a case and come across a California case
that you want to view, place your cursor directly on the citation of this case. Click the
cursor and you will go directly to the case cited. This is a hypertext jump. To return to
the original case simply place the cursor on the Back arrow on your browser's toolbar, and
you will return to your original case. [Note: This option works only for California cases
and U.S. Supreme Court cases.]
- In conducting a search, you may also use Full Boolean
Connectors (AND, NOT, OR, XOR). For instance, a query may consist of several words with
"And", "Or", "Not" as in: contract AND agreement, contract
OR agreement, contract NOT agreement, contract XOR agreement.
- You may conduct single character Wildcard Searches by
placing a question mark on the relevant letter. (I.e. wom?n to find woman or women.)
- You may conduct Multiple Character Wildcard Searches by
placing an asterisk after a word or partial word. (I.e. work* to find work, worked,
workers', workplace, working, etc.)
- You may conduct Stem (Word Form) Searches by placing a %
after a word. (I.e. run% to find ran, run, running, runs, etc.)
- You may conduct Thesaurus (Synonym) Searches by placing a $
after the word. (I.e. murder$ will find cases with murder, killing, assassination,
- For printing instructions, click here.
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