Say goodbye to Fastcase 6 and hello to the sleeker, easier-to-use Fastcase 7!
While Fastcase 7 has been around for a while, in September it will become the default for all users. Log in to the library's website to give it a try!
The Fastcase 7 layout is very similar to Westlaw. Once a search is performed, the results appear on the right side of the screen and the collections appear on the left with the number of results indicated for each collection. Below the collections is a list of additional suggested search terms that vary in size depending on how often they appear in the returned results. Clicking on one of the terms will perform a new search with the term included with your original request.
For the more visual among us, the bottom of the page contains an interactive timeline of results with the horizontal axis representing the date of the case and the vertical axis representing the relevance to your search. The larger the circles around the case, the more times it has been cited by other cases in the results or by other cases in the database.
Viewing articles is also much easier in the new version. The screen splits in two, allowing the reader to peruse the selected article while still being able to see and select a different article from the search results list.
Fastcase is a great way to access primary law from all 50 states and federal, annotated statutes, regulations, constitutions, court rules, Attorney General opinions, CLE books, Loislaw libraries, Aspen treatises, law reviews, administrative opinions and orders, newspapers and federal filings.
Here is a useful video introduction to searching in the new Fastcase: https://www.fastcase.com/video/fastcase-7-homepage/
Here are some other tutorials to help you get started: https://www.fastcase.com/videos/