Disco’s single, simple search bar controls all search features in Disco.
You don’t have to wade through wizards or advanced search screens or long lists of checkboxes and dropdowns. Instead, you can control everything by just typing in searches.
If you need help, Disco provides an unobtrusive search builder, search examples, search history, saved searches, and assignments right underneath the search bar on the same screen.
The first time you click in the search box, the search builder is shown by default. You can cause the search builder not to be shown by unchecking the “show search builder by default” checkbox in the lower-right corner.
Disco leverages lawyers’ existing knowledge of Westlaw- and Lexis-style syntax to minimize training time. For example, we use the field(terms) format for field searching (e.g., custodian(Taylor)), /n for proximity searching (e.g., lunch /40 shred), and ! for stemming (e.g., lunch /40 shred!). Search examples gives examples of the most common kinds of searching:
Clicking on the blue text does what you would expect: custodians pops up a sortable list of custodians and document counts, and clicking on a custodian name runs a search for that custodian; document type does the same thing with document types; etc. Document fields shows a popup with the searchable metadata fields in the particular database you are reviewing, all of which can be searched using the field(terms) syntax.
Our approach to search emphasizes power and minimalism: we give lawyers tools they already know how to use and minimize the distance between these tools and the data. No separate screens for search. No wizards or endless visual options. Just powerful search syntax that lawyers already know, right on top of the results.
Oh, and of course results that show up only 0.3 seconds later, even on the largest multi-TB datasets.