Justice & Law Studies 15: Exploring Databases

The Work of the Supreme Court: A Simulation
Instructors: Robert S. Groban, Jr. and Thomas J. Sweeney III
Winter Study 2020

Databases to Explore

YELLOW GROUP:

RED GROUP:

BLUE GROUP:

Instructions

Within your group, explore your assigned database's search interface by seeing how easy it is to find the following case:

18-107 R.G. & G.R. HARRIS FUNERAL HOMES INC. V. EEOC

ASK:

  • Are there multiple places to search in this database? If so, is there a difference in the types of resources accessible through each search interface?
  • Is there a specific place to search by case number?
  • Is there a difference in results between a search for the case number and keywords from the title or topic of the case? What about for other formats of the case details (ie - 18-107 vs. 18107)?
  • What are the difference in the pre-search options vs. the filters you can use to limit your results after a search has been performed?
  • What other resources related to the case does the database provide access to?
  • What other helpful features can you share about this database? Did anything confuse you?