Preserving sources on the web

Link rot is the common occurrence of links and or URL’S ceasing to work. In the past we were would store important scholarly information on analog devices that could be pulled for reference and stored for further use. With the advent of the web footnotes were able to be placed directly with the article. With a click researchers are able to see the original reference the author is quoting. Although this is a convenient feature of the web these links often become disconnected and lead the searcher nowhere. This may happen because the host redesigned their website and there is simply no longer a physical link to the specific article or study. As the web advances and researchers rely heavily on digital as opposed to analog resources a system has to be formed to retain these sources. Both authors and libraries could continue to save and archive digital pieces of data to preserve their scientific integrity and value.

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