The Basics

Google Drive: Uploading Files

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) now gives you unlimited free online storage. It can be used as an online repository for all of your important documents. These documents can then be accessed from any computer with Internet access at any time. You can access Google Drive through your account by visiting Watch the video below to learn how you can upload documents to Google Drive. This video will also show you how to convert documents (i.e., doc, pdf, docx, html, and other files) into Google Documents.

Google Drive

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) is a document creation, editing, and sharing tool that you can access online, from any computer with Internet access. You can now access it through your account by visiting It is similar to Microsoft Word, with fewer formatting features. Possibly the best feature of Drive is that you now have unlimited amount of storage with your Pepperdine Google account! You can store videos, photos, and documents to free up space on your personal computer.

Watch the video below, to learn more about this tool and how it can be useful to you as a student at Pepperdine School of Law. You can also find more information about Google Drive at

Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a free online spreadsheet tool that is similar to Microsoft Excel. You can now access it through your account by visiting This tool has fewer formatting features that its software-based counterpart, but can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. You can also share spreadsheets with others and save the spreadsheet as multiple file formats including (but not limited to) XLS, PDF, and HTML. Watch the video below to learn more about Google Spreadsheets.


Westlaw ( Similar to Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw is one of the leading Internet-based legal research providers.  Westlaw has two versions including their basic Westlaw version and a new, advanced Westlaw Next interface.

To use Westlaw using your Pepperdine log-in information, see the Westlaw Registration Tutorial

Additional Westlaw Resources:

**Please note: You will learn more about Westlaw in your Legal Research & Writing course**


If you didn’t receive a Westlaw Registration Code, please email Gilbert Marquez with your Pepperdine Email at


TWEN, The West Education Network ( This is an online course management 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 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.

For additional resources visit, Students’ Guide to TWEN.

Residential Technology

Students living on campus will find each residential room equipped with one network port per student. This port will provide access to the Pepperdine University network and the Internet. The Help Desk is available to troubleshoot connection problems if needed. The University Help Desk is open 24/7 via phone and email at (310) 506-4357 or

Pepperdine University provides each residence room with a single telephone line. Pepperdine CampusStudents must bring their own telephones and must get a personal billing number (PBN) in order to make long distance calls.

Acceptable Usage Policy
The use of the Pepperdine University network is a privilege and is subject to the Pepperdine University Acceptable Usage PolicyFailure to comply with this policy will result in suspension of network access, and possible disciplinary action.

Additional Resources: