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


Advantages to using Advanced Search:

  • Often the most efficient way to search

Disadvantages to using Advanced Search:

  • You may inadvertently exclude a document you want if you search too narrowly
  • To take full advantage of the search features, you must already know a little bit about the document you want to retrieve

Using Advanced Search:

  • Search by full text, case name, author, and key word
  • Use a "fuzzy search" to find words similar to your search terms
  • Limit by term year, date, whether or not the case was heard, docket number, and/or by document type (e.g. brief, appendix, etc.)
  • Or search by citation  


Let's say I want a case involving Nixon as a party from the mid-1970s.  I can't remember what the name of the other party is, but I think it is something like Stare.  I can just select a high "fuzzy search" level in order to search results similar to "Stare."

Gale allows you to search by certain standard citations, or by Gale Document Number.  Gale Document Numbers are found at the bottom of every document in Records and Briefs.  They are made up of one or two letters followed by several numbers.  For example, look at Gale Document Number  DW3908984635 found at the bottom of the Records and Briefs result below.



If you make use of  some of the Advanced Search features, your results should be much more manageable than in Basic Search.  Here we only have two results, rather than 75 as in Basic Search.  We were able to search more effectively to get only the results we wanted.