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Researching Latin American Law: Books

Comprehensive legal research guide covering the general region of Latin America and the Caribbean.


To find an item in Loyola's collection that is not listed at right, please use Loyola's online catalog.  Some suggested Library of Congress Subject Headings for titles on Latin American law are: 

Law--Latin America

Rule of Law--Latin America

Civil Law--Latin America

Human Rights--Latin America

Judicial Process--Latin America

Justice, Administration of--Latin America

Latin America--Politics and Government

To locate books on individual countries, substitute "Latin America" with the name of the country (e.g., Law--Chile).

To locate books in libraries outside the Loyola University Chicago system, use the WorldCat database. Loyola Chicago Law School patrons should use ILLiad to request materials from non-Loyola libraries. 




WWW Book Repositories

There are several Web-based initiatives that serve as online repositories for books:

HathiTrust:  HathiTrust is a partnership of over 50 major research institutions and libraries. Works that are in the public domain contained in the HathiTrust database are available to all researchers. Many search options are offered, including full-text.

Google Books:  Books contained in Google Books come from two sources: 1) the Library Project; and 2) the Partner Program.  Books included from the partnered Library Project that are no longer in copyright may be viewed in full text, while only snippets of books still in copyright are available.  Only previews of books are available through the Partner Program.

Google Book Search

Legal Spanish

The following book provides a good introduction to specialized Spanish legal terminology:

Reference Books

Circulating Books

Subject Guide

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Spanish/English Law Dictionaries

Bilingual Spanish/English legal dictionaries are located in the 3rd Floor Reference Section in the K52 range

Digital Library of the Caribbean

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) contains millions of items related to the Caribbean region.  Its multiple partners include the University of Florida, Florida International University, and the University of Miami.

Biblioteca Jurídica Virtual

Part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico's (UNAM) Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, the virtual Biblioteca contains the full texts of monographs, journals, and other materials.  The content emphasis is Mexico, but other Latin American countries are also covered. 

Global Art and Heritage Law Series