This article explains how to use our standalone Parallel Search engine, available here. You can also access Parallel Search from within our Compose software program. To find out how to use Parallel Search from within Compose, please see the article available here.

Using Parallel Search is easy. Just enter a full sentence into the Parallel Search box. You do not need to use Boolean terms or connectors. Enter a sentence that describes your legal issue, or for which you want to find legal support and click the blue magnifying glass icon to run your search:

Filter by Jurisdiction

You can filter your results by jurisdiction by clicking on the "All State & Fed." button. That will bring up a jurisdiction menu. From the jurisdiction menu, click on the downward arrow next to "federal" to view all federal jurisdictions and click on the downward arrow next to "state" to view all state jurisdictions. Then, check the box next to each jurisdiction that you want included in your search, and click on the blue "apply and close" button at the bottom of the jurisdiction menu to apply your jurisdiction selections. If you do not select a jurisdiction, Parallel Search will display results from all state and federal jurisdictions:

Hide Unpublished Cases

You can hide unpublished cases by clicking on the "Published & unpublished" button. When you click on that button, you will see the following display window. Click the button next to "Hide Unpublished" and then click on "apply and close" to hide unpublished cases:

Advanced Tips:

  • While Parallel Search can work with any type of sentence, keep in mind that it can only bring back sentences from the common law. Due to the nature of the corpus of common law, you will likely find more on-point results when using sentence queries that are either a legal proposition or a legal/fact hybrid statement.

  • When searching for concepts that are frequently discussed in the common law, small adjustments to your query can result in pronounced changes in your results. Try changing names, slightly rephrasing your query, and adding filters to fine-tune your results.

  • To force certain words to appear in the search results, put quotation marks (“) around up to four words.

  • Parallel Search considers punctuation when analyzing queries but ignores capitalization.

  • Be aware that using sentences that occur frequently throughout the law will likely bring back verbatim matches.

  • Query length has some impact on the length of results returned. A short phrase can return sub-optimal results. Conversely, a long paragraph can also return sub-optimal results. For best results, we recommend using a full sentence.

  • Using different proper names in the query sentence can change the results.

    For more information on what you can research using Parallel Search, please see the article available here.

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