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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.



PowerNotes is a productivity tool that allows you to gather, organize, and track legal research easily and efficiently. With PowerNotes, you can capture excerpts from any online resource, including Lexis and Westlaw, and then save, highlight, or annotate this content. You can also use PowerNotes to build and edit an outline as you research.

Access to PowerNotes is restricted to the Law School community. To get started using PowerNotes, please install the Google Chrome extension or the Firefox extension and then register for an account using your Loyola Law School email and Loyola's promo code, which you can obtain from Joe Mitzenmacher, Reference and Electronic Services Librarian (

Two short videos serve as basic introductions to setting up and using PowerNotes for general research projects and for legal research projects: 


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.
For open-access dissertations and theses, see:

Subscription Databases (Law)

Most of the law-related databases listed below are available through the Law Library's website via the "A-Z Databases" link.  

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Subscription Databases (Non-Law)

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