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Researching Latin American Law: Databases

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The Loyola Law Library and the Loyola Libraries system subscribe to a number of commercial databases that offer coverage of Latin America.  These databases are listed below, and at right.  Loyola users will need to submit their user IDs and passwords to gain access to these resources from off campus. 

Newspapers

Newspapers may be extremely helpful when researching Latin American law topics.  Westlaw and LexisNexis both have good coverage of U.S., international, and foreign newspapers.  See also the subscription Access World News and Factiva databases for full-text access to newspapers.  A historical archive of English and Spanish-language newspapers published in Latin America is available through the World Newspaper Archive. 

The Latin American Herald Tribune is an English-language daily that is based in Caracas, Venezuela.  Its website lists daily headlines by country and provides free access to an archive of articles.

Dissertations & Theses

Often overlooked by academic legal researchers, dissertations and theses contain exhaustive research and extensive bibliographies.  The Proquest Dissertations & Theses database currently includes citations to over two million dissertations and theses from 1861 forward, and full-text access to over one million of these citations. The database's coverage is global, with numerous law-related papers available to download in PDF format.  Searches may be conducted in various fields, such as title, author, citation and abstract, and degree awarded.

Subscription Databases (Law)

Most of the law-related databases listed below are available through the Law Library's website via the "Subscription Databases" link.  Note that the Bloomberg BNA subscription databases are available to the Loyola Chicago community only

Subscription Databases (Non-Law)

For a complete list of interdisciplinary databases with coverage of Latin America, see the Loyola Libraries research page for "Latin American Studies."

Subject Guide

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Print Research Guide

Prepared in the summer of 2009, updated in February 2012, this 23-page guide offers instructions and tips on how to research foreign, comparative, and international law at the LUC Law Library.  The annotated guide lists print reference sources, subscription databases, free websites, and current awareness sources that may be useful when approaching foreign, comparative and international law questions.

PowerPoint Presentations

The following are edited versions of PowerPoint presentations that were prepared for the LUC Law School course, "Comparative Law Seminar:  Legal Systems in the Americas."