COMPLEMENTARY COURSE: "Research in legal databases"

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The Course has the specific purpose of giving students:
· a thorough knowledge of the legal databases, both from a technical point of view and with reference to the legal contents, on the assumption of the acquisition of the first basic elements, and notions, during the previous university career;
· the ability to critically address a problem of finding information in a very large database and resolve legal issues by re-elaborating the concepts learned and the information retrieved;
· strengthening the technical and IT language relevant to the subject, especially with reference to research operators and activities;
· the ability to link the different topics in order to elaborate useful proposals for the solution of concrete cases, also through practical online research carried out with the active participation of the students.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the Course the student who has successfully learned the subject will have an in-depth knowledge of the Course topics, with the acquisition of a reasoning method suitable for dealing with more specific and complex IT-legal subjects with respect to institutional notions and to search for data without problems and information in the most common legal databases.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching Methods
Classes will take place on Microsoft Teams in synchronous mode, at the established times, and will be recorded and available for consultation on the same platform and on the course's ARIEL site. Information on how to access classes on Microsoft Teams and other instructions about the Course will be uploaded to the course's ARIEL site, which is recommended to be consulted regularly.
If the health situation allows it, in compliance with current regulations, lessons can also be held in the classroom (mixed mode); in this case, students will be promptly informed and notified through the course ARIEL website.
In any case, lessons will be recorded and left available to students for the duration of the semester.

Program and reference material
The syllabus and reference materials for the course are unchanged.

Methods of verification of learning and evaluation criteria
The methods of verification of learning and the evaluation criteria will not change.
The exam will be oral on the Microsoft Teams platform. The students who take the class can do a multiple-choice test.
If the health situation allows it, compatibly with the availability of classrooms and the respect of the necessary security conditions, the exam will be held in the classroom.
However, the possibility of conducting the exam remotely will be ensured for students who are in the condition of not being able to move from their place of residence and / or domicile.
More precise indications and updates will be available on the Ariel website of the course, which should be consulted regularly.
Course syllabus
The aim of the Course is to give students a correct approach to the use of databases by the lawyer, in order to significantly improve their IT-legal skills and their research strategies and to allow independent evaluation procedures, useful for the future professional context. The program will be divided into ten lessons of two hours each, during which the Professor will explain questions relating to: i) the most common legal databases, ii) the databases of our University, iii) online legal information, iv) the most common search methods, v) advanced research and logical operators, vi) the most common errors in legal research, vii) the De Jure database, viii) the Leggi d'Italia database, ix) Lexis-Nexis, xi ) bibliographic research, xii) e-book research, xiii) critical analysis of results,
· First lesson (2 hours): the most common legal databases.
· Second lesson (2 hours): the databases of our University.
· Third lesson (2 hours): online legal information.
· Fourth lesson (2 hours): the most common research activities.
· Fifth lesson (2 hours): advanced research and logical operators.
· Sixth lesson (2 hours): the most common mistakes in legal research.
· Seventh lesson (2 hours): the De Jure database.
· Eighth lesson (2 hours): the Leggi d'Italia database.
· Ninth lesson (2 hours): Lexis-Nexis and bibliographic research.
· Tenth lesson (2 hours): e-book search and critical analysis of results.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no particular pre-requisites for adequately addressing the contents of the course. The first lessons are, in fact, dedicated to an introduction to the themes that can guarantee a basic preparation for the whole class.
Teaching methods
The Course consists of 20 hours of classroom lessons (or online) held by the Professor.
Teaching Resources
The teaching materials will be communicated in class. In particular, students will have free access to the contents of the University's legal databases, on which they will be able to practice.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam takes place in the form of an exercise, in the classroom or online, at the end of the module.
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Ziccardi Giovanni