Citing webpages has been a common practice in scholarly publications for nearly two decades as the Web evolved into a major information source. But over the years, more and more bibliographies have suffered from “reference rot”: cited URLs are broken links or point to a page that no longer contains the content the author originally cited. In this column, I look at several studies showing how reference rot has affected different academic disciplines. I also examine citation styles’ approach to citing web sources. I then turn to emerging web citation practices: Perma, a “freemium” web archiving service specifically for citation; and the Internet Archive, the largest web archive.
Davis, R. “The Future of Web Citation Practices (Internet Connection Column).” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 35.3 (2016): 128-134. Web.