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EISIL is a database of quality international law resources on the web. You can browse through subject categories, or search and then save, download or email the results of your research. The database is constantly growing, and recently added records are flagged as “New in EISIL.” To see records added in the last 3 months, click the “Recent Additions” button in the toolbar.

As you browse through EISIL you will see records in each subject area listed by type of resource. You may view the list by title only, or check off a “Show description” box to display a brief summary of each resource. You may also opt to list only one type of resource: Primary Documents or Research Resources, for example. Multiple pages of records are indicated at the top and bottom of each screen.

The EISIL database can be searched in two ways: 1) a quick search, available as a "Find" box at the top left of each page, or 2) an "Advanced Search" option located on a button at the top right of each page.

Quick Search
The quick search allows the user to search EISIL using keywords and phrases. A phrase should be in quotation marks, such as "human rights." Otherwise, the keywords will be searched as human and rights. Searches can be limited, by using the dropdown box, to the following:

Links and categories (searches all of the categories and the records within all of the categories).
Links in the entire directory (searches all the records in the database excluding category names).
Links in the current category (searches the records within the category the user has selected by browsing the topics).
Category (limits the search to the category headings).

Hit "Enter" or the "Search" button to start the search.

Advanced Search
The "Advanced Search" link is at the top of any page. Features include:

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Search for records using any of the following options:

- Search using all of the keywords.
- Search by using an exact word, phrase or acronym (no quotation marks needed).
- Search using any of the keywords (similar to using an "or" between the words).
- Search excluding certain words

Multiple fields can be searched by filling in more than one option box. For example, search for the word "labor" but not "ILO" by typing the word "labor" in first box labeled "with all of the words" and by typing "ILO" in the box labeled "without the words." This will return all records dealing with labor excluding ILO entries.

Results can be grouped by 10, 20, 30, 50 or 100 results per page.

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Limit searches to a specific field in the database by selecting:

- Title
- Description
- Keyword
- Citation

Search for records of all types, or decide to select or exclude a certain type of resource:

- Primary Document
- Web Site
- Research Resource

Database searches can be limited to specific date information:

- Last Updated (the date the resource was last updated)
- Entry into Force Date (used for primary documents only)
- Conclusion Date (used for primary documents only)

When using the date restriction, you must enter a four-digit year.

Search Results

The search terms are displayed at the top of the page and the number of retrieved records is noted as well. The search results are presented in brief as title/link, but may be displayed as full records by clicking the “Display Complete Record” button.

Search results are arranged by resource type (primary documents, web sites, research resources). The Title links directly to the resource on the web. It is followed by a link to "More Information" which provides valuable added information about the resource, such as a description, a citation (if available and appropriate), and more.

The search result display can be modified to show only certain types of resources (primary documents, web sites, research resources). The number of search results displayed on the page can also be designated by the user. To include brief descriptions of resources on your screen report, check off the "Show Description" box.

To return to the list of search results, simply click on the "Back" button at the bottom of the page.

Saving Records

Users can create a list of saved records by checking the "Save Record" box on each EISIL record. Saved records are then retrieved by selecting the "Saved Records" button at the top of each page. The entire list of records retrieved from a search or within a category can be saved by clicking the box next to the “Save all XX Records?” label. Individual records can be removed from the list by un-checking the “Save record” box to before the list is finalized. The records can be printed, downloaded or emailed.

Saved records and lists are not retained once you have left the EISIL web site.


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