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Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs


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 may 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 might spend much more time sifting through your results

When should I use Basic Search?

  • Use Basic Search if you want to retrieve as many results as possible, and if you don't know very much about what you want to retrieve

Using Basic Search:

  • Type your search terms into the search bar 
  • You can search by keyword, full text, author, or case name
  • Below the search bar you can limit by date, docket number, or search by citation


  • A search for "Nixon" in the case name brought back too many results.  If you don't want to revise your search (by clicking "revise your search" in the top left corner), you can still organize your results to help find what you need
  • You can organize the results by case name, date, and document type.  Let's say I want documents for a case involving Nixon, but I can't remember the name of the other party, but I know that the case is from the mid-1970s.  I can change the sorting order to "Date Ascending," to get documents from the more recent cases in the database