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.
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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.
There are two places to get technology support here at Pepperdine. The University Help Desk and the Information Services SHIELD Desk located at the Front Desk of the School of Law Library.
University Help Desk (HELP)
The Pepperdine University Information Technology (University IT) department provides direct technical support for students via the University’s ‘Anytime’ Help Desk. In addition to providing technical assistance, the University Help Desk also acts as the central coordination point for School of Law technical services during the weekend. The University Help Desk is open 24/7 via phone and email at: 310-506-HELP (4357) or firstname.lastname@example.org for the following issues:
School of Law Information Services Department (IS)
The Information Services Department is here to assist you with a variety of issues including, but not limited to, configuring laptops, multimedia reservations and training, School of Law web site, ExamSoft, and Email account training/usage. The IS team has offices in the School of Law Library to assist with technical support and is available between the hours of 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday). To contact the IS team, use the following contact methods:
Register Your Password at Lexis-Nexis Instructions: In order to use Lexis-Nexis or Lexis-Nexis Advance, you will need to first register your activation code. You should have received your activation code at Orientation or via email (your Pepperdine account).If you feel that you have not received an activation code, email email@example.com with the subject line: LEXIS NEXIS ACTIVATION CODE.
Additional Lexis-Nexis Resources: On the Lexis-Nexis law school homepage you can find tutorials and webinars that cover a variety of Lexis related topics. The tutorials are only 5 minutes long and the webinar recordings are from live events hosted online for students. They cover a variety of topics and range from 45 minutes to an hour.
Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service that Pepperdine School of Law faculty may use when you submit a paper for grading. This service provides a detailed assessment of originality on any submitted work by performing a search for textual similarities to other works in academic journals, on the Internet, and within its own database of submitted work. For more information visit the University’s Turnitin Community page.
If you are required to use Turnitin you will need to complete the following steps: (1) enroll in the course and (2) submit your work. If you have never used Turnitin before, you will also need to create a free account. This can be done through the home page on their web site. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in a course and submit your work.
The 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.
Both TWEN and Courses are utilized by both students and faculty for effective classroom communication. Read on to learn more about these course management systems.
TWEN, The West Education Network (http://lawschool.westlaw.com): This is an online system where students can access course materials, submit assignments via Drop Box, sign-up for office hours (if available), take polls and quizzes, participate in class discussions, and exchange e-mail messages with instructors and peers. The extent of your TWEN use will depend on your professors’ course objectives and goals.
Register on TWEN: In order to use TWEN you must first register your username and password. If you have already done this in order to use Westlaw, then you do not need to re-register for TWEN . Westlaw, Westlaw Next and TWEN are all included in the same web site and registration is only required once. You should have received your activation code at Orientation or via email (your Pepperdine account).If you feel that you have not received an activation code, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: WESTLAW ACTIVATION CODE.
Watch the video below for step-by-step instruction on how to register your password on Westlaw.
View/Access Courses on TWEN: In order to view and access all of your courses, you must first ADD the course manually. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to add courses in TWEN.
Coursesis Pepperdine’s open-source, learning management system that offers faculty and students a collaborative online environment to support teaching andlearning. Basic features of Courses allow faculty to post syllabi, grades, and announcements. For more information, visit the University’s Courses Community page. Watch the video below to learn more about the basic features of Courses and view the user interface. For step-by-step instructions and a list of FAQs, please visit Pepperdine’s Courses Student Guide.