Lexis Learn

Want to learn how to use Lexis Advance? Wondering how to find statutes and related cases for your brief? Need a refresher on how to find secondary sources? Lexis Learn can help. Lexis Learn is a new interactive learning platform that aims to help students learn and practice basic research techniques. It consists of seven modules, each roughly 10 to 15 minutes in length. The modules are interactive so you practice the skills you’re learning as you watch the accompanying video. Though Lexis Learn focuses on using Lexis Advance, the skills taught are applicable to research in general.

To access Lexis Learn sign into Lexis at http://lexis.com/lawschool. Once you are on the Lexis homepage, select Lexis Learn in the column on the left side of the screen. If you have any questions please contact a reference librarian.

The HeinOnline App for iPhone and iPad

Reference intern Jose Luis Garcia contributed the following post.

If you find yourself referencing HeinOnline often, you will be pleased to hear that you can now use the new HeinOnline app available for both iPhone and iPad. It is a fast, easy, and convenient way to have access to original reference materials on the go!
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E-Resource Spotlight: Casetext

Casetext is a new free legal resource tool that combines research and analysis with   networking capabilities.  Founded and run by a team of attorneys and engineers, Casetext aims to make the law more accessible and more understandable by providing a community where people can easily interact and discuss the law.  The databases’s crowdsourcing approach to research has been discussed in a variety of articles and blogs, including this ABA Journal article.

Legal Research: Searching for primary sources is simple and straight forward.  You can search by case name, citation, keyword or phrase.  A quick glance to the Quick Facts section provides the holding, summary and key facts of a case.  Save cases, statutes, and regulations with bookmarks and easily return to where you left off.

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E-Resource Spotlight: Oxford Legal Research Library: International Commercial Arbitration

The Harnish Law Library now subscribes to Oxford Legal Research Library’s International Commercial Arbitration collection, the subject of this week’s e-resource spotlight.

This new resource is an e-book collection that brings together some of the leading texts in the field of arbitration.  The collection includes treaties, texts that cover some of the key arbitral bodies and jurisdictions, and a number of officially recognized texts covering the rules of particular arbitral bodies.  Continue reading

New E-Resource: LawMemo

The Harnish Law Library now subscribes to LawMemo, an online resource providing access to labor and employment law cases dating back to 1999 from all appellate state and federal courts, including the DC Circuit and the US Supreme Court. Also included are three reporters: the Employment Law Memo (ELM), the NLRB Law Memo, and the Arbitration Law Memo (ALM).

Pepperdine Law students, faculty, and staff can create individual LawMemo accounts to conduct research and set up custom alerts based on jurisdiction or topic. To sign up for a LawMemo account, please visit the Law Library’s Online Databases webpage and follow the instructions under the LawMemo entry.

E-Resource Spotlight: Bloomberg BNA

The Harnish Law Library subscribes to a variety of online databases to assist faculty, students, and staff with their legal research needs. On this blog we will highlight some of the helpful electronic resources available to you as a Pepperdine Law student.

Our first spotlight e-resource is Bloomberg BNA. Bloomberg BNA includes over 100 online newsletters that provide news and analysis in a wide range of practice areas, including:

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment and Labor
  • Ethics
  • International Law
  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Tax

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Some Court Documents No Longer Available on PACER

Sept. 23, 2014 update: The missing court documents for the four appellate courts described below will be restored to PACER by the end of October 2014. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts will continue to work on a similar solution for the missing records of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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PACER – or Public Access to Court Electronic Records – is an online fee-based service allowing users to access court documents from the federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. In August, system upgrades in PACER led to the removal of documents from several courts. Continue reading

7 Legal Apps for a Law School Student

The following blog post originally appeared in LawTech, the blog of Pepperdine University School of Law’s Information Services. The author is Danielle Minke.

7 Legal Apps for a Law School Student

1. FastCase: This free app available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android allows you to search for cases that have occurred in all 50 states. See the FastCase Web site for more information.

2. Want to know more about your Supreme Court Justices? The app called PocketJustice gives you all the information you need in the palm of your hand. This app is $0.99 and available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

3. iJuror is a fast and easy way to keep track of your jury. This app costs $4.99 and is available for the iPhone and iPad.

5. TrialPad allows lawyers to update court files during the actual hearing. Lawyers can hook up any monitor or projector to their iPad to play videos or display images on the screen. This app is $89.99 and available for the iPhone and iPad.

6. Constitution allows anyone to review the Constitution for free.

7. Black Law’s Dictionary is a well-known law dictionary. Costing $54.99, it is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Announcing Westlaw Online Study Aids!

The Harnish Law Library is pleased to announce that Pepperdine law students now have unlimited online access to Westlaw Study Aids!  Users can search across over 430 titles belonging to 13 series, including Nutshell and Gilbert Law Summaries. Other handy content includes career guides, eFlash Cards, exam preparation materials, and more. What’s more, you can add highlights, notes, and comments to the text of study aids.

To begin using Westlaw Study Aids, sign into your Westlaw account at http://lawschool.westlaw.com. From there you can either select Study Aids Subscription (under Legal Research & Tools) or click on the My eProducts link at the top of the page.