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Legal Research and Writing

Working with Database Fields and Filters

Working with Database Fields and Filters

Learn about how various filtering mechanisms can better tailor search results.


The opening screen of each online legal research service offers the option of typing words in a box, similar to the search box on Google. BloombergLaw calls it the “Go Box,” as in, just type some words and go. Depending on what you’re looking for, this can be an effective strategy. Ideally, it works best when you’re looking for a known item, like a particular case when you have the party names or citation, or a particular treatise when you know the author. Remember to type slowly, and watch...