Working with the Results of a Shepard's Search
Once you complete a Shepard's search, the resulting page includes several options for reviewing the report, all of which are described in Shepard's® Report Page. Additionally, the following information covers other aspects of the data you can view in the report.
Shepard's® Phrase-Level Indicator
When viewing the report, indicators next to citing cases reflect the signal generating value of the editorial phrase.
The colors of the level phrases indicate:
|Light Blue||No phrase exists|
Shepard's® Depth of Discussion Indicator
When you Shepardize a document, the resulting Shepard's report includes cites to your original case. To the right of these citing cases, you'll see a Discussion indicator, which shows you the various ways citing documents consider the cited reference. The number of bars shown indicates the relative differences between the categories.
|Image||Indicator||The Citing Document...|
|Analyzed||Fully considers the cited reference|
|Discussed||Discusses the cited reference with some measure of analysis|
|Mentioned||Mentions the cited reference but only does so briefly|
|Cited||Cites to the reference with minimal if any discussion|
Shepard's® Appellate History
When you view the Appellate History for a report, the Shepard's® Appellate History categories are presented in an "outline" format, where indentations are used to identify the direct relationships between the listed cases.
Sort the information in a Shepard's® report
While viewing a report, you can sort information within the Citing Decisions and Table of Authorities pages of your Shepard's® report by using the Sort by: drop-down list.
Tip: You can also select the heading in the table you want to sort by. For instance, if you want to sort by Date, you can select Date (Newest to Oldest) from the drop-down list, OR, you could just select the Date heading in the table.
|Tab||Sort Order Choices|
|Table of Authorities||
Viewing Data and Annotating the Cited Document
When viewing a document, you'll see a box to the right of the document with tabs for About and Notes.
Select the About tab to see Shepard's® information about the document, including whether prior history is available, citing decisions, and other citing sources.
Select the Notes tab to see annotations you have made in the document and saved. Your notes are saved when you save the document to a folder.