The December Issue of the AALL Spectrum highlights Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals in the Members’ Briefing written by Marci Hoffman, IFLP’s General Editor. The article, titled AALL’s Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, illustrates IFLP as a whole, including its history and what it has become today, along with its significance and presence in the legal community.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“While there are other legal periodical indexes and even ones that cover legal journals from other jurisdictions, no other index can rival the scope and coverage of IFLP.
Since its inception, IFLP has been a print resource. In the early 1990s, the Index moved to an electronic environment and was hosted on several platforms. In 2011, IFLP migrated to its current platform on HeinOnline. The decision to go with HeinOnline was simple. Hein offered a robust search engine, an ability to link to the full text of journal literature, and an interest in further developing the database. Hein also continues to publish the print version of the Index.
IFLP is a powerful research tool for accessing journal literature on foreign, comparative, and international law topics. It’s a necessity in an academic law library to provide journal literature beyond the typical tools found in most law libraries, such as Legaltrac and the Index to Legal Periodicals. However, it’s not just a resource for the academic; practitioners also benefit from the scope of the Index. Since law firms are operating in a global environment, the Index provides lawyers with access to information on foreign investments, trade, intellectual property, foreign legal regimes, transnational business, and much more…”