Conducting Historical Research in IFLP

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Conducting Historical Research in IFLP


The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) database is great for conducting historical research.  So, 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.

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.”

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.”  So, if we click on that subject listing, it’ll return a list of over 900 articles.

From the 900+ articles, we can then use our “Search Within Results” button to search for a key term such as “South Africa.”

This narrows our results to 11 articles on constitutional history in South Africa.

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