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Zimmerman's Research Guide



Arranged by subject.

Articles: To find articles on Internet hardware or software, search the Lexis Communications file (CMPCOM;COMM). C/Net rates Internet hardware, software and related products and services. See also the News section, below.

Browsers: For information on the current browser situation, visit BrowserWatch.

Cache: See "Historical Web Pages," below.

Definitions: Internet terms are explained in the U.C. Berkeley Library's Glossary of Internet & Web Jargon and in innumerable books available in any book store.

Discussion Groups: See Listservs,, below.

Domain Names: See the separate entry for Domain Names. See also the IP Addresses and Web Addresses sections, below in this entry.

E-Books: See "Books."

Email Addresses: See the separate entry for "Email Addresses."

Historical Web Sites: The WayBack Machine provides the best archive of old Web sites. You can also try to bring up the site on Google and click on the "cache" or see the sources listed in Finding Old Web Pages from Search Engine Showdown. If you are looking for information from the U.S. government, the CyberCemetary posts the old Websites of defunct government agencies.

IP Addresses: Internet Protocol ("IP") Addresses are the numerical "dot decimal" address that corresponds to each e-mail address (e.g, They are assigned by five registrars worldwide. The registrar for North American is the American Registry for Internet Numbers, better known as ARIN.

Internet providers buy a whole bunch of IP addresses and then re-sell them to customers, attaching the customer's chosen moniker to the provider's domain name with an "@" symbol. You can look up IP addresses at www.arin.net/whois/index.html and http://psacake.com/web/eg.asp. You can find out the IP address for a computer you are currently using at www.palserv.com/ipdisp.html, or www.whatismyipaddress.com.

ISPs: See "Service Providers," below.

Legal Treatises and Drafting Guides: For a bibliography of the leading legal treatises and drafting guides, see the Internet & E-commerce Law Research Guide by the Thomas M. Cooley Law Library. I have had good experiences with E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms - 2d edition by Ian C. Ballon (published by West; info at IanBallon.net; available in the ECOMMINTLAW on Westlaw; copies available from Boalt Express).

Listservs: You can look up listservs by subject on Yahoo!, Lizt and/or Google. To focus on law-related listservs, try FindLaw's Legal Minds Community, the WashLaw Web Washburn Discussion Groups page or the LawGuru.com Mailing List Manager, which helps you sign up for law-related listservs.

To search listservs see the entry for "Search Engines."

The main listserv for law librarians is Law-Lib. You can find a Law-Lib FAQ explaining how to subscribe/post/unsubscribe/etc. at http://home.olemiss.edu/~noe/llfaq.html, or you can use the LawGuru List manager, mentioned above.

Business librarians use BusLib-L. You can search the BusLib-L archives.

News: The Cyberlaw library on Lexis (CYBRLW) has a news section with over a dozen computer/communications-related periodicals you can search separately or together in the ALLNWS file. See also the Articles section, above. To find other news-related entries, search "News" as a Subject.

Search Engines: See the separate entry for "Search Engines."

Service Providers: Directories of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are posted on The List. C/Net rates the quality of ISPs.

URLs: See Web Addresses, below. See also Domain Names and IP Addresses, above.

Web Addresses: A Web Address is what you type into your browser to go to a Web site. Web Addresses are also called "URLs." See also IP Addresses, above, and the separate entry for Domain Names.

Web site policies: Chapter 22 of Ian Ballon's E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms - 2d edition (Thomson/West) covers "Structuring and Drafting Website Terms and Conditions," also known as "Terms of Use."

See Also
Company Information
Domain Names
Email Addresses
Finding People
Search Engines
Yellow Books

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