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by Bill Hayes

The Constitute web site has the text of almost every constitution in force in the world as of September 2013. You can find information in different ways:

1. Quickly find relevant passages. Constitute has tagged passages of each constitution with a topic — e.g., “right to privacy” or “equality regardless of gender” — so you can quickly find relevant excerpts on a particular subject, no matter how they are worded. You can browse the 300+ topics in the expandable drawer on the left of the page, or see suggested topics while typing in the search bar (which also lets you perform free-text queries).

2. Filter searches. Want to view results for a specific region or time period? You can limit your search by country or by date using the buttons under the search bar.

3. Save for further analysis. To download or print excerpts from multiple constitutions, click the “pin” button next to each expanded passage you want to save. You can then view and download your pinned excerpts in the drawer on the right.

All the content on Constitute is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (which allows you to make free use of information from the site, as long as you provide attribution).

Constitute was developed by the Comparative Constitutions Project, seeded with a grant from Google Ideas to the University of Texas at Austin, with additional financial support from the Indigo Trust and IC2.