Zimmerman’s Research Guide is a free encyclopedia for legal researchers. In existence for over ten years, the guide is actually a collection of topical guides. The guide for each subject consists of a summary accompanied by lists of print and electronic resources, including links to both free internet sources and specific LexisNexis and Westlaw databases
Andrew Zimmerman, a law firm librarian, conceived of the idea for a research guide after he noticed a senior librarian colleague’s “little black book.” She claimed that the binder held over twenty years of tips, resources and her own accumulated wisdom. Zimmerman began his own notebook, which he referred to as his “Reference Guide” and eventually the manual moved to an online format. Zimmerman claims that the guide is both a work-in-progress and a collaborative effort. He freely credits a number of law librarians for their contributions. Furthermore, he frequently edits and updates the guide himself and encourages individuals to contact him with suggestions, additions and criticisms. Zimmerman also invites the participation of individuals who are interested in developing or revising entries.
One may access the guide alphabetically by topic or by entering a keyword. It’s now possible to be alerted to changes and additions to the Guide by following the ZRG Blog or by subscribing to its RSS feed. When faced with an unfamiliar topic, Zimmerman’s Research Guide should be one of the first sources you should consult.