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The Rule of Law: A Research Guide for Loyola's PROLAW Program: Databases


The Loyola Law Library and the Loyola Libraries system subscribe to a number of commercial databases that offer coverage of international and foreign topics.  These databases are listed below, and at right.  Loyola users in Rome will need to submit their LUC user IDs and passwords to gain access to these resources.

World Constitutions Illustrated

Hein's "World Constitutions Illustrated" database includes a collection of documents, historical texts, and commentary related to foreign constitutions, organized by country. The database also includes many current English translations of foreign constitutions. Access for LUC patrons only.


Newspapers may be extremely helpful when researching international and foreign-related legal 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. 

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 University Chicago community only

Subscription Databases (Non-Law)

For a complete list of interdisciplinary databases by topic, see the LUC Libraries page.

Subject Guide

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Julienne Grant
Loyola University School of Law Library
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
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Chicago, IL 60611

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.