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Law Guides

Law Library Law Guides is a collection of research guides prepared by librarians at the Harnish Law Library. These guides are specifically designed to assist library users with the research of certain subjects or for specific courses. For further assistance, you may contact the guide author or the librarian on duty. To access Law Guides go to: http://lawguides.pepperdine.edu.

The Most Popular Guide Topics:

  • Microsoft Word: Answers to Law Students’ Most Frequently Asked Questions
  • Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FICL) Research
  • Clinical Law Research Guide
  • International Arbitration
  • Prepare for Legal Practice
  • Using the Law Library Catalog
  • National Security Law, Terrorism, and the Law of War

Additional Resources: Access the Home Page of Law Guides with important details of all of the law library services.

 

Law Library Catalog

20131108_112230The Law library can be one of the most valuable assets to you during your time in law school. It’s value goes beyond your law education, as it can be a great tool for such activities like Law Review and Moot Court as well as preparing for your careers as a whole. The catalog system contains records describing all the books, microforms, and journals in the law library and other selected libraries. Links are also provided which can take you directly to the web sites of other libraries both local and across the country.

The Law Library Catalog can be accessed via computers located throughout the Law Library.

Law Library Catalog: http://pepperdineuniversity-lawlibrary.worldcat.org/

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Save Early, Save Often

For many, losing a document or a project that you’ve been working on for a while can be devastating. You put so much time and effort into your work and thanks to a mishap, it’s gone. Here are a few ways you can help prevent those kinds of catastrophes from effecting your productivity.

Save early: Make sure that you save as soon as you get started. I know it sounds dumb, but it can help get you back to the start quicker. You have your margins set and your font and header dialed in, just click save as and give it a name.

 

Save Often: About every 5 minutes is good. By doing this, you can avoid getting too far down the road before facing data loss or even a program freeze.

Set the auto save/recovery to on: Most casual users don’t realize that this feature is not always on. To do be sure it’s on,( in Word) click on the file tab, then click on the Options choice on the left. Select the Save tab on the left menu. Now you can edit how the document is saved from the file type, location and how often it is saved.

Avoid Confusing WIP Titles: WIP titles (Work in Progress) can get mottled and confusing. You want to create titles that let you know what exactly the document is or where you are at in it. For instance, I give my docs working titles such as, “Saving Docs- Draft 1” or “Saving Docs_draft_6-4-13″. Once my work is ready, I give it it’s final title: Best Practices for Saving Your Data_Final_6-5-13”. The last thing you want to do is get your titles mixed up and accidentally save over a new version with an old version.

Keep your system healthy: My father always taught me that if you take care of your equipment, it will take care of you. Same goes for computers, cars, appliances, etc. Don’t neglect your gear whether it’s keeping up on the latest software updates or cleaning out your air vents on your laptop. These things can build up and then take their toll one at a time or all together. Take your machine to some one you trust. A family friend, an authorized computer repair person or your department IT person. Just make sure you take it in. You may find that you need minor service or a major overhaul. The point is, not knowing is never better.

 

Be sure you keep these few steps in the back of your mind when working on your next major assignment. It could save your day.

Don’t Panic- How to Prepare for an AV Emergency

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An AV issue is never an easy thing to navigate through. It’s even worse when your entire presentation depends on your slide show or video clip. Sadly, AV emergencies often, if not always, come unexpectedly and at the worse possible times.
Never the less, we have to push through as though we knew it was going to happen. After all, if the boy scouts are always prepared, shouldn’t we have at least a flint rock and a pocket knife with us at all times?
Here are a few tips on how to keep your all important presentation from going under. Keep in mind that these are in no particular order.

1. Always Keep a Spare Here and There.
Make sure you email a copy of your slideshow to yourself, save a copy on a flash drive and drop it in your cloud drive. You can never have enough back ups. Even emailing it to your class ahead of time can save your bacon.

2. Keep Calm, Carry On
Regardless of the situation, don’t forget that you are the featured highlight of the presentation. Slides are there to enhance your words not deliver them for you. If you find your slides aren’t advancing or the computer you’re using decides to randomly start updating and restarts, be like water; keep flowing.

3. Adapt(er) for Your Surroundings
This applies to our Mac users who need to connect to a projector or outside display. It’s pretty likely that where ever you go, they won’t have the appropriate video adapter for your Mac. Always bring your own to the show.

4. Hand Outs All Around
Never forget the value of good ol’ dependable paper. Print out your slides so everyone can follow along. If the AV gear goes Ker-plooey, you’ll wish you had.

These are just a few precautionary tips on how to keep the panic out of your presentation.

Good luck and great speaking!

Asus TF700 Android Tablet

Asus Transformer Infinity 700 Tablet

I know as far as tablet computers go, Apple has dominated the market. Whether it’s because no one really knows what else is out there or no one wants to bother looking away from the shiny, jolly world of proprietary bliss, is anyone’s guess. Well, there are a lot of other devices at varying styles and price points but, none quite stack up to the elite tablets that have started to nudge the king of the hill from its perch.

I recently got my hands on the new Asus Transformer Infinity 700 tablet and I’m pretty pleased. When shopping for devices, I love to compare all of the pros and cons of all the devices that I’m both interested in and can afford. So this purchase was no exception.

Here’s what the Asus Transformer offers:

  • A 1920 x 1200 resolution that is on par with the IPad’s great screen. It rocks a sleek, functional design at around the same weight as the Apple device.
  • A pretty solid ICS Android OS with plenty of bells and whistles. It comes with Polaris Office suite which is very handy when needing to corrent documents, spreadsheets or presentations on the fly.
  • And with the on-board mini HDMI slot, you can literally plug and play in your home, office or the board room.
  • You can also get an external keyboard the integrates itself to look like an ultrabook when folded closed. This features a USB port and it’s own battery supply so the tablet doesn’t use its main power supply.
  • The Wifi is pretty solid giving it a good range when at the local coffee house or in the comfort of your own home.
  • The cameras are very nice in that it too sports a front and rear facing cam that takes really good pictures as well as videos.
  • The touchscreen is hardy and can take a small drop, but I wouldn’t toss it off your balcony or a flight of stairs. Then again, I usually like to armor up my device with a durable cover. It helps when your 2 year old wants to play Fruit Ninja while your making dinner.

All in all, the Asus Transformer Infinity 700 is a great buy and competes pretty closely with the IPad including the cost at around $500 US. There are of course a few differences but all in all, a really great tablet.

Wacom Tablets: What’s the Use?

Don’t let the title fool you. There’s plenty of use for these handy little devices (or big, depending on your budget).
The fact that they can be used for everything from hand writing notes and commentary to full blown graphic rendering and photo cleanup/ manipulation sets them apart from traditional media.

The Wacom tablets are handy, versatile and come in an assortment of sizes and features for any budget.
I currently use two different types: The Ituos for work and the smaller Bamboo for personal use.

The Intuos is great for creative professionals such as photographers, designers and illustrators who use large media formats and displays. Thanks to the large drawing area, using multi-touch gestures to position and navigate your artwork is a breeze. In addition to this is the pressure-sensitive pen for sketching, painting, retouching, and editing.
The Intuos is built with eight ExpressKeys that allow you to use additional functions for getting the best results.

If it’s convenience and affordability you want then the Wacom Bamboo is the right choice. The Bamboo comes in three different styles and feature packages but manages to keep it’s compact profile.
These tablets allow you to interact with a host of media including note taking, document writing as well as graphic design features. You can choose to use touch gestures for more precise movement or the pen for accuracy in writing or line work in drawings. The Bamboo can also be used with presentations as an annotation device.

Each Wacom tablet comes with a tailored software suite to enhance the users experience and work well with Mac and PC. The cost for these devices usually varies with size and features. The Intuos is right around $450 for the large platform where as the Bamboo starts at about $80. You can visit Wacom for more information and products.

Which ever tablet you choose, you can’t beat the versatility, convenience, and functionality of these amazing devices. The only difficulty you’ll have is deciding which one is right for you.