New CiteFinder Research Functionality Added to Shepard's Citations on CD-ROM

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Shepard's, a leading legal citations service, has announced the release of version 3.3 of Shepard's Citations, CD-ROM Edition, including a new case-finding utility called CiteFinder. The new release also incorporates and upgrades Shepard's Daily Update, which provides current analyzed citations available anywhere in the legal research industry.

Shepard's new CiteFinder automates a crucial legal research function, locating onpoint precedent using the relationships between citations. When supplied with a handful of relevant citations, CiteFinder takes over to produce an organized and prioritized research plan. CiteFinder's results are displayed in seconds as a ranked list of the authorities that most frequently cite the cases and/or statutes used in the query.

According to Gary Spivey, Shepard's vice president of electronic product development, CiteFinder is the only citations research tool that combines both statutory and case law research in a single process.

"CiteFinder operates on a simple theory-cases that cite or are cited by the same authorities are related," said Spivey. "With CiteFinder, we've automated a necessary but extremely time-consuming manual research process. As soon as a legal professional has identified a few cases or statutes that are relevant to an issue, CiteFinder will electronically locate the most relevant related cases out of the hundreds or thousands of cases that may cite those authorities. Legal researchers will instantly find cases that would take hours of painstaking research time to discover, including cases that even the bestconstructed word searches will miss."

The researcher may enter up to five citations onto the CiteFinder query screen. …