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Several new features have been added to NCLC’s online treatises to make them even more useful and to help you be more even more efficient:

  • •You can now opt to see search results ordered either by relevance or by section number.
  • •Table of contents includes flags to quickly pinpoint just updated sections and significant law changes.
  • •Downloaded sections show the date and time of the download.

Tips for Using Search Results Ordered by Section Number

The site’s search function orders search results by a sophisticated relevance logarithm. Now users have a choice at the top of the search results page to keep the results order by relevance or to re-order results by title and then by section number within a title.

Using either approach, you can filter the results by selecting only one or more titles and by selecting results found only in chapters, appendices, pleadings, primary sources, or practice tools. You can also narrow a search just to subsections that include new content since the print edition.

Tip #1: Want to search for a term only within one appendix, such as the Bankruptcy Code or TILA Regulation Z? Narrow the search just to the appropriate title and only to appendices. Then select Sort by “Section” and scroll to that appendix number.

Tip #2: Want to search for a particular term only in one treatise chapter, such as the chapter on the TCPA in Federal Deception Law? Narrow the search just to that title and only to chapters. Then select Sort by “Section” and scroll to that chapter number.

Tip #3: If your search produces hundreds of hits and you want to look only at results found in the title’s last chapter? Narrow the search to that title and to chapters. Then Sort by “Section.” Scroll to the bottom of the first results page and click on the last number there, taking you to the last results page. You can also control how many results per page by selecting at the top of the results page 25, 50, or 100.

Quick Way to Pinpoint Recent Updates and Significant New Law Changes

Want to easily stay on top of recent updates for a particular treatise. The site now flags updates added within the last month. Set up a weekly or monthly schedule to review the online table of contents for the treatise. Chapters with new updates will have a blue flag next to the chapter number.

Click on that chapter number and it expands to show what major sections include new updates. Click on any of those sections and it will show subsections with new updates, etc.

Significant law changes over the last five months are indicated instead with a red flag. Same system—look for the red flag next to a chapter number and then click on that chapter to see sections and sub-sections that have the significant law change.

Clicking “Highlight Updates” at the top of a page will highlight new material since the last print revision, and also show for each footnote the corresponding note number in the print edition.

For an example of both red and blue flags (at least through June) see Fair Debt Collection chapter 2 (you need not subscribe to that title to see how the flags work).

Download Now Includes a Date Identifying the Version of a Section Being Quoted

Whether for purposes of attaching a downloaded subsection to a brief or keeping track when you last downloaded a subsection, a date stamp is now included at the top on all subsections you download.

Don’t forget you can also email or just copy/paste from a subsection as well. [Copy/paste does not include any date stamp, however.]

Additional Tips

  • •Want to search for a term within a subsection? Use ctrl f (command f for Mac users).
  • •The best way to find pleadings and discovery? Use the Advanced Pleading Search at the top of the search box.
  • •Use “~” for proximity searches— “default judgment” ~10 finds default within 10 words of judgment
  • •Use the bookmark function.

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