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ProQuest Supreme Court Insight


Advantages to using Basic Search:

  • You don't need to know very much detail about the history you want to retrieve

Disadvantages to using Basic Search:

  • You will likely retrieve too many results to find what you want easily
  • Even though you will spend less time formulating your search than in Advanced Search, you will spend much more time sifting through your results

Using Basic Search:

  • Type your search terms into the search bar 
  • Below the search bar there is a "Find Terms" link that brings up some popular Supreme Court case names, justices, Popular Law names, subjects, and amicus curiae that you can use to help your search
  • Below the search bar you can limit by date







  • A search for firearms brought back too many results (clicking on the "search terms" link, would have helped us select a narrower search term and thus retrieve less results)
  • Along the left-hand side of the page we can filter our results by date or Court term, whether or not a case was heard in court, characteristics of the case (e.g. per curiam opinion, summary disposition, landmark case, etc), who filed the brief (e.g. petitioner, respondent, etc.) content type (e.g. petition for writ, amicus curiae, etc.), appendix, opinion (e.g. slip opinion, per curiam, etc.), a justice involved (e.g. Stephen Breyer), court of origin, the petitioner (e.g. the United States government, a particular individual, etc.), the respondent, amicus curiae, the subject, the disposition (e.g. remanded, affirmed, reversed etc.) and the status (e.g. decided, cert denied, summary disposition, etc.)
  • You can also search your results by entering new search terms and checking the "search within results" box

Filtering the results makes sorting through through them much easier: