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What's the difference between InfoNet, Fastcase and AILALink
Where do I search?
I have an AILA Document Number, how do I find the document?
What is an AILA Document Number?
Is the search case-sensitive?
How do I search for a document by date?
What are filters for Types?
What are filters for Topics?
What does 'Hide Tags' mean?
What are search locations?
Can I modify my search results without starting over?
I run this search a lot, can I save it?
Can I save my search preferences?
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What's the difference between InfoNet, Fastcase and AILALink

InfoNet is AILA's main website and is an online resource and community for the latest immigration news and information, including federal agency memos, news and regulations; bills and public laws; legislative analyses and updates; practice advisories; AILA statements and issue papers; and more. InfoNet also provides AILA-related information and updates, including CLE offerings, publications and announcements. InfoNet's interactive features enable members to communicate and network with each other; to support and participate in AILA's issues; to update contact information and renew membership; and to search over 28,000 immigration-related documents.

Fastcase is an AILA member benefit that provides free access to a comprehensive legal research system containing a full range of federal caselaw and Board of Immigration Appeals decisions. Fastcase features smarter technology, customized searching, and even a mobile legal research app. Once you're logged in to Fastcase, you can choose to begin with a quick caselaw search at the top of the page, or you can opt for the advanced caselaw search. The advanced caselaw search includes keyword (Boolean), natural language, and citation searches, as well as powerful searching and sorting tools. After you run your search, you can decide how you'd like your search results to be displayed. Results can be sorted by relevance (based on frequency, diversity, and proximity of your search terms), chronologically, alphabetically, by court hierarchy, or by the number of subsequent citations. Fastcase provides many resources to help you get started, including online webinar trainings, on-demand tutorials, live help and e-mail support, FAQs, and a downloadable user guide.

AILALink is a fully searchable, web-based immigration law library filled with practical guidance and authoritative resources key to the practice of immigration law. It contains both primary and secondary legal resources, such as the statute and the regulations, FAM, Federal Register, Supreme Court, Circuit Courts, BIA, and BALCA cases, official liaison minutes, agency memoranda and correspondence, the DOT & O*NET, and much more. It also provides exclusive access to AILA publications (a $3,800 value), as well as access to over 200 fillable immigration forms in Adobe PDF. For additional details, visit http://ailalink.aila.org/

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Where do I search?

You can start a keyword or document number search by entering your text into the search box in the gray bar at the top of every page. If you would like to start your searching using the various filters, click the "Advanced Seach" link located under the search box. Both options are the same search powered by Google. However, the Advanced Search allows you to start your search with filters. IF you start with the search box, you will have the option to add filters after getting your results.
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I have an AILA Document Number, how do I find the document?

To find a document with its AILA Document Number, type the number into the search box in the banner or on the advanced search page. Enter only the number and not the citation. Good: 08111360 Bad: AILA Doc. No. 08111360
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What is an AILA Document Number?

An AILA document number is a unique identifier assigned to each document posted on AILA.org. It is always eight digits long, with the first six digits corresponding to the year, month, and day that the document was first posted to the website.

Where will I find the document number? AILA documents are tagged with the document number in several places:

  • It is listed at the end of the abstract for a document as "AILA Doc. No. XXXXXXXX"
  • On text pages, you will find the document number at the bottem of the page, listed as "AILA Doc. No. XXXXXXXX"
  • On pdf documents, you will find the document number listed in the footer of the page as "AILA Doc. No. XXXXXXXX"

Why are document numbers important? Many secondary sources cite to AILA document numbers. By plugging the eight digits into the search box on AILA>org, you will be able to bring up that document.

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Is the search case-sensitive?

No, the search is not case-sensitive.
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How do I search for a document by date?

To restrict your search by a set of dates, enter the date range in MM/DD/YYYY format in the "Filter By Date" boxes at the bottom of the filters list on the search page. Please note that some government documents are not specifically dated so they have the date assigned as the first of the month. So a "March 2013" report will be dated 01/03/2013".
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What are filters for Types?

The Type filter allows you to restrict your search results to a specified type of document. This can greatly narrow down your search when you know you're looking for just one item such as a Memo or AAO Case. You may select as many types as you like. Check the box next to the listed Type on the Advanced Search page to select it and then click the green "Apply" button to filter your results.
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What are filters for Topics?

The Topic filters allow you to restrict your search results to documents only within a certain topic or sub-topic. Check the box next to the listed Type on the Advanced Search page to select it and then click the green "Apply" button to filter your results. Note that the filters are cummulative so that checking a top level Topic, such as Asylum & Protection, will automatically check all the sub-topics as well so you will get all of them in your results. But checking a sub-topic, such as Asylum EAD Clock, will only return results with that specific topic.
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What does 'Hide Tags' mean?

Tags is the cummulative term for Types, Topics and Location information which display below the abstract on your search results list. You may choose to hide or show those tags for your results list.
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What are search locations?

The search on AILA.org allows you to search beyond the InfoNet Research Library. In the default search, results will be from both InfoNet and Agora. You may also choose to include items from the AILA Leadership Blog, Message Center and sites of the American Immigration Council. A documents location is listed underneath each result to provide more information about the source of that result.
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Can I modify my search results without starting over?

Search results on AILA.org are dynamic, meaning that you can continue to manipulate your search without having to start over. From the results list you can add or remove: keywords, types, topics and date range. Simply make your adjustments and click any of the green "Apply" buttons to have your search results updated.
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I run this search a lot, can I save it?

The InfoNet Research Library allows you to easily save searches that you wish to run again. On the search results page click the "Save My Search" link in the green header. In the pop-up window, enter a name for this search and save it to a specific folder if you wish. All your saved searches can be found under My Research Library along with your notes and bookmarks. Additionally your three most recent saved searches will display in the blue box to the right of your search results list.
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Search Preferences

The InfoNet Research Library now allows users to default the search results to sort by date or by relevancy, depending on their preference. To change the preference from relevancy, run a search, and then click on “Search Preferences” in the green bar above the search results. Then change “Sort Order” from Relevancy to Date. Users can also change the default to hide or show the tags under individual search results from the Search Preferences page.

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My Research

My Research allows you to add bookmarks and notes to individual documents, as well as create folders, so that you’ll always have those documents right at hand—no matter which computer or device you're using. You can also save those searches that you frequently use. Access all this information from the new My Research area on AILA's website and get organized today.

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