The main menu on the homepage lists the countries whose legal databases you can search.
To select a country, click on its flag; this will bring you to the search screen.
The menu on the left-hand side gives you 3 options:
The search screen is broadly the same for all countries, regardless of how national databases are structured.
However, as the search functions on the underlying databases vary between countries, some of the search fields may be greyed out.
Tips for making searches
Tweaking the results
Each results page recaps your search criteria and allows you to:
Differences in search results display
During the transitional period when the connection technologies are being aligned, you may notice some differences (display, translation options available, etc.), depending on the country:
You can use this to translate your search results (including titles, reference and summaries) into any official EU language. The option is currently available only for the databases listed below:
Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
As this is automated translation, the results may not be completely accurate. A star rating system indicates the quality of the translation:
*** The best automated translation available
** Sufficient for comprehension
* Gives you the rough gist.
How to use the tool
It takes about a minute to translate a full page of results (the speed depends on the amount of text displayed).
If your results take up more than 1 page, you will have to repeat the translation process for each page.
Use this if you want to search in several countries at the same time.
It is available only for the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
The search can be carried out simultaneously in 2-18 countries.
The only search criterion common to all these countries is the search by word(s) in the title and in the text.
Select the countries you are interested in from the left-hand menu. Then enter the word(s) in the dedicated fields, in the interface language.
Once you have entered 3 characters, the EUROVOC Thesaurus will suggest a term or terms. If the word you enter is not in the Thesaurus, automated translation will be used to translate the term you entered into the source language (i.e. the language of the queried database).
Search results are presented by country, on the same page. Machine translation tool is available to translate the results.