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Conducting Historical Research in IFLP

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) database is great for conducting historical research. This article will show you how to do it.

First Steps

Say, for example, we want to find articles in IFLP related to constitutional history. For this example, we’ll focus on searching. From the main page, find the field for Subject/Country Heading in the drop-down menu. Then insert the term “constitutional” into the search box and click search.

screenshot of Subject/Country search in IFLP database

Broadening Your Search

When the results come up, you’ll notice above the results is a link that says “You may want to look at these subjects as well.”

screenshot of search results in IFLP

If you click on that link, you’ll get a complete list of subjects relevant to the term constitutional from our search.  From this list, we learn that there is a subject for “constitutional history.” Select constitutional history, as an example.

screenshot of list of related subjects in IFLP

Tailoring Your Search

Use the “Search Within Results” button to search for a key term such as “South Africa.”

screenshot featuring Search Within Results button in IFLP
Screenshot of keyword search in IFLP

This narrows our results to articles on constitutional history in South Africa.

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