Tag Archive: Legal Research

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.



Lexis-Nexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool): Lexis is an online legal research system used primarily by attorneys but also government agencies and other business professionals. The traditional version of Lexis, often called Lexis.com has been available online since 1999. In 2012, Lexis Advance (a new, enhanced) version of Lexis was released. You are given free access to Lexis. However, you will have to specifically request access to Lexis Advance by contacting the Lexis-Nexis rep, Ellie Javadi at: Ellie.Javadi@lexisnexis.com


Lexis-Nexis Advance Log In: https://signin.lexisnexis.com/lnaccess/app/signin?aci=la

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 gilbert.marquez@pepperdine.edu 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.

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


If you didn’t receive your LEXIS Registration ID, please email Gilbert Marquez with your Pepperdine Email at gmarquez@pepperdine.edu

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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The Art of Blogging

blogAre you looking for a summer activity to keep your mind and skills active? Try starting a blog on a topic that relates to your specialty.

A blog is essentially an online journal that can be read by anyone. According to Wikipedia (2013), “A blog (a contraction of the words web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).”

In maintaining a blog, you will not only practice your writing skills, but can also hone your research and critical analysis, depending on what you plan on writing.

Another benefit of blogging is that it is an instant way to promote yourself and your knowledge of your specialty.

But be deliberate about what you blog, because it does go public and cannot be easily removed from the Internet. Also, remember to cite any sources that you may paraphrase or reference to avoid plagiarism.

Once you begin blogging, make sure you publicize your work. A simple way to do this is to link all new posts to your existing social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. This will give you an instantaneous audience.

Obviously we like WordPress here at SOL-IS, we have a self-hosted implementation of their software running this blog. However, there are many different tools for those wishing to Blog. You may also want to consider using Blogger, Weebly, and Xanga.

Finding Legal Apps

The following article was published by School of Law Research & Electronic Services Librarian, Alyssa Thurston. The original post can be found at the Law Library publication View from the Library

Apps just aren’t for finding a new place to eat or improving your Words with Friends score. The past several years have seen the development of a staggering array of apps designed specifically for lawyers and legal researchers. Using apps, you can do everything from supplementing your bar exam study to annotating PDF documents and monitoring jurors during trial – all from your tablet or smartphone.

With all of the legal apps out there these days, how to get started with finding one that works for you? A recent article, “Good Apps Aren’t Hard to Find: Resources for Finding Legal Apps”, lists several resources for locating legal apps. App stores, legal technology blogs, and legal content providers such as Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are all great starting points. Check out the article for more information and to start APP-lying your legal technology skills!


Westlaw (https://lawschool.westlaw.com): 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 gmarquez@pepperdine.edu

Google Scholar features Legal Opinions and Journals

A couple weeks ago Google announced a new feature on Google Scholar. In a blog post entitled Finding the laws that govern us they explained this new feature. You can now use Google Scholar to search for full-length legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts.

Designed to empower the common-folk, this feature should be especially useful to our law students. Not only is the full-length opinion available, but references and citations regarding related cases are noted as well.

To search for these legal opinions, visit http://scholar.google.com.


As this image indicates, there is a radio button you need to select for “Legal opinions and journals”. They are currently referencing the blog post as well. It is worth reading, as it explains the reasoning behind the project as well as the particulars.

Google Scholar has been a useful tool for research in the past. This new feature makes it even better. Check it out, and come back to let us know if it is useful to you. We welcome your comments.