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Fastcase tip of the week: Browse statutes in outline view

Sometimes the fastest way to find the statute section that you are looking for is to browse the statute in Outline View.  Using Outline View you can see the structure of the entire statute and easily toggle back and forth between different subsections. Example: If you wanted to browse the U.S. Code to find 42 U.S.C. § 1983, you would follow these steps: 1. Select Search Statutes from the Search menu. 2. Select U.S. Code from the list of statutes and jurisdictions. 3. Underneath the title of the page there are two tabs, a Search tab and an Outline View tab.  Click on the Outline View tab. This will bring you to an expandable outline of the U.S. Code. 4. Initially, you will see a list of the Titles within the Code.  Click on the plus sign next to each Title to view the Chapters within each Title.  Then click on the plus sign next to Chapter to view each Section. a. Scroll down and expand Title 42 The Public Health and Welfare. b. Then scroll down and expand Chapter 21 Civil Rights. c. Finally scroll down a bit further and click on Sec. 1983.  Civil action for deprivation of rights. The statute text is in the panel on the right while the outline of the statute remains in the panel on the left. Questions? Call us at 1-866-773-2782 (7AM-7PM Central Mon-Fri) or e-mail
Posted on December 1, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

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