Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Do you like cozy mysteries or sci-fi fantasy? Wondering where around the globe you’ll find your next adventure? Perhaps you would prefer to bring a little piece of the world into your kitchen by experimenting with a new recipe from a cuisine that’s foreign to you. Or maybe you’re a romantic at heart. Whatever your reading preference, be it mysteries, science fiction, travel, cookery, or romance, you’ll find it at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The Festival will once again be held on the campus of the University of Southern California on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. There will be author readings, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, and much more.

Entrance to the Festival is free, although there are a few events that require the purchase of tickets. More information is available at http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/.

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.

Emergency Preparedness at Pepperdine

The following post has been adapted from the Pepperdine University Emergency Information website. For more detailed information please visit the Emergency Information site, or view the Emergency Preparedness Guide in the Emergency Preparedness box on the right-hand side of the screen in Wavenet.

Emergency Preparedness at Pepperdine University

Members of the Pepperdine community should be aware of all of the resources the University has made available regarding emergency preparedness. The Office of Insurance & Risk, the Department of Public Safety, and the University’s Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), in cooperation with many other departments, work to ensure that Pepperdine is prepared for emergencies when they impact any of the institution’s schools or departments.

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Bloomberg Law 1L Trainings: August 26-30

Bloomberg Law will host training sessions for 1Ls during the week of August 26.The trainings will be held on the following dates from 12:30-1:30 in the library training lab:

Monday, Aug. 26

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Thursday, Aug. 29

Friday, Aug. 30

Food will be provided. Please sign up for a training in advance at the following link: Bloomberg Law Lunch and Learns.

If you have any questions, please contact a reference librarian.

Welcome to the Fall Semester!

The Harnish Law Library welcomes new and returning students for the Fall 2013 semester. We are proud to provide a wide range of student services, from research help to free coffee! Whether you need to study or relax – or both – we are here to help.

The Law Library offers flexible hours during the semester to accommodate early birds, night owls, and weekend warriors alike. You can check out anything from course reserve materials to a Playstation from the Public Services desk. For a quiet place to study with a group, reserve a library study room using your Wavenet ID and password. When exams roll around, get a leg up by downloading previous exams from our online archive. Check out our helpful guide on Using the Law Library to learn more about all the student services we offer.

If you’re writing a paper or just want to know what all those books in the library are about, the reference librarians are here to help. We are on duty seven days a week during the semester; stop in during our regular hours to ask questions or just to chat! You can also send us questions via email, chat, and text through our new LawAnswers service. Our LawAnswers page includes a series of helpful research guides that the reference librarians have prepared on a number of topics. To further assist with your research, the Law Library subscribes to a number of online databases providing access to a wide variety of legal materials.

Need ideas for things to do when you go off-campus? We can help with that too! Take advantage of our discount movie tickets service and extensive DVD/Blu-ray collection, or check out a Kindle for some lighter reading fare.

The Law Library staff looks forward to meeting you. Best of luck during the coming semester!

Clipboard To Be Discontinued

Last August, we blogged about Clipboard, an online “snipping” tool that allows users to collect and store items of interest on the Web. Clipboard has been acquired by another company and will be discontinued as of June 30, 2013. If you are a Clipboard user, read their FAQs to learn how to handle your stored data and for more information on the transition.