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FastCase Database

Top Tips Every Researcher Should Know

1. Quickly Access an Article or Document by Citation
2. Utilize the Main Search Bar and Narrow Search Results
3. Conduct a Subject Search
4. Make the Most of Searching
5. Use HeinOnline’s ScholarCheck to View Cited Material
6. Set Up a MyHein Personal Research Account

FastCase Database Categories: EXPANDED

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Search Tips for FASTCASE Database

Note that all Boolean operators must use capital letters.

AND to search for multiple terms i.e.evidence AND admissibility will produce documents that contain both terms.
OR to search for either one of a pair of similar terms i.e. brief OR evidence will produce documents that contain either of these terms
NOT to exclude a term from a search i.e. evidence NOT briefs will exclude every search result containing the word "briefs"
" " use quotes to search for a phrase i.e. "love canal" will search for documents containing the exact phrase "love canal"
( ) to search grouped clauses to form sub queries i.e. (watershed OR "water rights") AND planning will produce documents that contain either watershed or water rights and planning
~ to search for words within a particular proximity of each other i.e. "watershed planning"~10 will search for watershed within 10 words of planning
? to search for words where there may be variations of the word that you want included in your search i.e. te?t will produce documents that contain text or test
* to search for a word with multiple character differences i.e. brief* will return searches with the words brief, briefs, and briefed
  Too many results?
Using proximity syntax (how close two words are to each other in text) can increase relevance.
w/# or /# to search for two words within a set proximity of one another, i.e. jury w/5 discrimination or jury /5 discrimination
w/s or /s to search for two words within a sentence, i.e. jury w/s discrimination or jury /s discrimination
w/p or /p to search for two words within a paragraph, i.e. jury w/p discrimination or jury /p discrimination
w/seg or /seg to search for two words within a segment, i.e. jury w/seg discrimination or jury /seg discrimination

For more information and tips please review our Advanced Search Syntax Guide

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