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How to Use the Internet Library of Law and Court Decisions Website

How do I view a case summary?
Where is the Subject Matter Index?
Where do I find the full-text of a court’s decision?
What is a Quick Hit?
Where do I find your Quick Hits?
What information is presented in your Online Resources?
When was the Internet Library last updated?
What information is contained in your Statutes section?
How does the Search Box work?
How do I send a comment or question about the Internet Library?


How do I view a case summary?

There are a number of different ways to find our case summaries.

Subject Matter Index
To assist you in your research, we have organized our case summaries by subject.

To view all of the cases we have analyzed on a given topic, go to the Subject Matter Index, located in the middle of our home page.

Scroll through the subjects until you find the one you want to review.

Highlight the subject of interest by clicking on it. It will turn blue

Then, click on the ‘Show Internet Law Cases For Topic Chosen Above’ icon. It is located directly below the Subject Matter Index box.

Short descriptions of the cases we have analyzed for the subject you have selected will now be displayed.

If the decision is of interest, click on the case title. It will take you to a more in-depth analysis of the case.

Internet Law Subject Page
You can also find cases by visiting the Internet Law Subject Page. This page contains direct links to all of the Subject pages, organized alphabetically, on which you will find all of the short descriptions we have analyzed for the subject you have selected. Simply clicking on the Subject/link will take you to the Subject page containing these case summaries.

You can get to this page via the Internet Law Subject Page link on the site’s home page. It’s in the middle of the third paragraph.

Search Box
At the top of every page of the site is a Search Box that enables you to conduct full-text searches of the site’s contents.

To locate a particular case you are interested in, type the case name into the Search Box. The page containing our analysis of the case will appear in the search results. Clicking on the link will take you to our thorough analysis of the case.

We provide, via pdfs, the full text of many of the cases we analyze. In the search results for a case name, these will also appear with the name of the case, preceded by the letters ‘PDF.’ Clicking on such a link will take you directly to the full text of the court’s decision.

You will note, when you search by case name, that the Search Results produce additional results, in addition to those bearing the case name. These are cases that have cited the decision you have searched for, or the Site’s subject pages, where cases addressing both the case you seek, and additional authorities on the same subject, may be found.

You can also use the Search Box to locate cases on a particular topic, or that contain a particular keyword(s). Simply type the keyword(s) into the Search Box. The resulting list will display case summaries that contain your search term(s).

All Decisions
The All Decisions page provides, as the title states, a complete list of All Decisions analyzed on the Internet Library. Clicking on the All Decisions icon in the site’s Navigation Bar will take you to this page.

Once there, you can scroll through all of the short case descriptions on the site, organized by Subject. The Subjects are presented alphabetically, in the same order they appear in the Subject Matter Index.

If you want, you can use the All Decisions page to scroll through an alphabetical listing, organized by the plaintiff’s name, of all of the short descriptions that appear on the site. To accomplish this, simply click on the link on the All Decisions page that says “View Alphabetical List By Case Name.” You will find this link in the upper right hand corner of the All Decisions page. The cases will then be reorganized, alphabetically, enabling your search.

HINT: while companies and other entities appear alphabetically by the first letter of the company name (i.e. Apple Computer is under A) individuals appear alphabetically by the first letter of their surname (i.e. John Henry is under H).

Where is the Subject Matter Index?

The Subject Matter Index is located in the middle of Internet Library’s home page. You can get there from any page on the site by clicking on the Subject Matter Index icon located in the site’s Navigation Bar. Once there, scroll to the middle of the page, and you will find the Subject Matter Index. Instructions on how to use this index (you need to click both the Subject of interest and the Show Internet Law Cases For Topic Chosen Above icon to view case summaries) can be found above.

Where do I find the full-text of a court’s decision?

The Internet Library provides the full-text of most of the decisions analyzed in downloadable pdf files. Where we have provided both a brief and thorough analysis of the case, you can find the decision’s full text on the page containing our thorough analysis of the case. Clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner of the page that states “Full Text of Court Decision - Download PDF” will cause a pdf file to open which contains the full text of the court’s decision.

For cases contained in our Quick Hits section, we only provide a brief analysis of the court’s decision. For these cases, you can view the full text of the court’s decision by clicking on the “Download PDF of Court Decision” link at the end of the case description. The Quick Hits section can be found at the end of each of the Subject Pages.

You can also find the full-text of a court’s decision by searching for the decision by its title utilizing the site’s Search Box, located at the top of every page of the site. The search results will contain a link to the case’s title, preceded by the letters “pdf.” Clicking on this link will cause a pdf file to open which contains the full text of the court’s decision.

For a minority of the decisions we have analyzed, we have not yet posted pdf files containing the full text of the court’s decision. In these circumstances, we often provide a link to another location on the web where the full text can be found. You can find these links at the end of the pages that contain our thorough analysis of the court’s decision.

What is a Quick Hit?

To expand the coverage of the Internet Library, we have started a new feature – Quick Hits. Quick Hits contain both a brief description of the court’s decision, along with the decision’s full-text. We use this feature to review historical decisions of interest to enhance the ability of the Internet Library to meet your research needs.

Where do I find your Quick Hits?

Where available, Quick Hits can be found at the end of a Subject Matter page. Subject Matter pages contain all of the decisions we have analyzed on that subject, presented in alphabetical order by the name of the plaintiff. At the foot of the page, following the alphabetical listing of those decisions for which we provide both a brief and thorough description, you will find our Quick Hits section. As with the main section, these cases too are presented alphabetically by the name of the plaintiff. Simply scroll to the end of the Subject page to find our Quick Hits.

What information is presented in your Online Resources?

At present, our Online Resource page contains links to primary law sources. These links will take you to websites that, for free, make available to the public federal and state cases, statutes, administrative codes, attorney general opinions and constitutions. As an added bonus, we provide information as to the scope of the site you will visit, and the information it makes available (i.e. cases from January 1996 to present). This information will allow you to know the utility of the site, and whether the information it will provide meets your needs.

We hope to expand this section in the future with other valuable resources, so check back from time to time as our efforts progress.

When was the Internet Library last updated?

The Internet Library is updated frequently, often 5 or 6 times a week. You can find out the date of our latest update by checking on the site’s home page. Directly below the Site’s Navigation Bar you will find the date on which the Site was last updated.

If you are interested in being notified of the latest cases added to the Internet Library, sign up for our free Internet Law Update eNewsletter.

On the Internet Library’s home page, we provide a brief synopsis of a case recently added to the Library which you may find of interest. Often times, this is not the most frequently added case, however. For example, Quick Hits cases are not featured in our Recent Addition section.

What information is contained in your Statutes section?

Our Statutes section contains the full-text of statutes – both federal and state – that govern conduct on the Internet. Note – while these statutes were current when posted, they may have been amended since then.

How does the Search Box work?

The Search box, located at the top of every page of the site, allows you to do full-text word searches of the site’s content. You can find additional information on the Search box and the results it produces above.

How do I send a comment or question about the Internet Library?

The Internet Library of Law and Court Decisions is authored exclusively by Martin Samson. You can send him a comment or question about the site via email at martinsamson@internetlibrary.com.

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