Fastcase Advantages

FASTCASE ADVANTAGES

HEINONLINE’S U.S. FEDERAL & STATE CASE LAW PROVIDER


CASE LAW COMPARED AGAINST SIMILAR DATABASES


HeinOnline subscribers who purchase access to Fastcase Premium are provided with additional case law features. One of these features is the ability to access the Fastcase platform at no extra charge.

The following analysis explains how Fastcase’s interface compares to similar databases such as Westlaw Edge and Lexis Advance.


1. REFINE SEARCH RESULTS FASTER USING DATA ANALYTICS


Fastcase analyzes all results sets in real time and builds a table of legal terms appearing in returned documents. Then, using a tag cloud, the interface surfaces these terms, making it easy for the researcher to modify a search to include/exclude cases on that point of law.

COMPANY
FEATURE AVAILABLE?
Fastcase
Westlaw Edge
Lexis Advance


2. CONCEPTUALIZE ANY TOPIC USING THE VISUAL ROADMAP


Anytime ‘search’ is selected within Fastcase, a list of results will be delivered along with a visual representation of the most important cases, mapped by relevance to the search, date decided, and authoritativeness. This tool gives the researcher instant context for how documents relate to the question at hand.

COMPANY
FEATURE AVAILABLE?
Fastcase
Westlaw Edge
Lexis Advance
(via Ravel View)


3. SAVE RESEARCH TIME WITH TYPE-AHEAD


This tool suggests terms and documents as the researcher types.

COMPANY
FEATURE AVAILABLE?
Fastcase
Westlaw Edge
Lexis Advance


4. FORECITE: SPEED UP RESEARCH WITH CONFIDENCE


To avoid missing anything, researchers dig into search results to find heavily cited cases not surfaced by traditional searches. For example, a search for the term ‘desegregation’ would not include Brown v. Board of Education in the results because this term did not exist at the time of decision. Fastcase’s feature Forecite digs into results for you, building and delivering a table of cases cited in your results.

COMPANY
FEATURE AVAILABLE?
Fastcase
Westlaw Edge
Lexis Advance


5. DOCKET ALARM: STREAMLINED FULL-DATABASE SEARCHING FROM THE HOME PAGE


In 2018, Fastcase acquired and integrated with Docket Alarm, a leading service for tracking, searching and analyzing federal and state docket information. Fastcase integrates results from Docket Alarm, making it easy for the researcher to view motions and briefs on any point of law.

COMPANY
FEATURE AVAILABLE?
Fastcase
Westlaw Edge
Lexis Advance


6. PUBLIC LINKS


Public links make it easy for customers to share primary law outside of a paywall. This feature allows users to generate a link to any case that can be shared freely.

COMPANY
FEATURE AVAILABLE?
Fastcase
Westlaw Edge
Lexis Advance