Help:Archiving a source
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On Wikipedia you can archive sources to prevent link rot. A comprehensive list of web archive sites can be found at WP:WEBARCHIVES (technical documentation) and List of Web archiving initiatives​. Below are some of the most common. See also WP:Link rot for more detailed information.
1Finding an archived source
2Internet Archive Wayback Machine
7See also
Finding an archived source​[​edit​]
You can use time travel to find an archive.
Internet Archive Wayback Machine​[​edit​]
Main page: Wikipedia:Using the Wayback Machine
The Wayback Machine is a service which can be used to cite archived copies of web pages used by articles. This is useful if a web page has changed, moved, or disappeared; links to the original content can be retained. This process can be performed automatically, using the web interface for User:InternetArchiveBot​.
Editors are encouraged to add an archive link as a part of each citation, or at least submit the referenced URL for archiving, at the same time that each citation is created or updated. New URLs added to Wikipedia articles (but not other pages) are usually automatically archived by a bot.
Visit the web form at​, enter the original URL of the web page of interest in the "Wayback Machine" search box and then select BROWSE HISTORY​. The next screen may:
In short, this is the code that needs to be added to an existing {{cite web}} or similar template:
<ref>​{{​cite ... <!--​EXISTING REFERENCE​--> |​archive​-​url​=​https​://​web​.​archive​.​org​/​web​/<​date​>/​http​://​www​.​originalurl​.​com |​archive​-​date​=<​date​> |​url​-​status​=​dead​}}​</ref>​[​edit​]
Main page: Wikipedia:Using is an on-demand web archiving service at​. A web archiving service allows Wikipedia editors to reduce link rot by preserving a copy of an online source that can be accessed if the original page is moved, changes, or disappears. Not all web pages can be archived using can archive HTML web pages, style sheets, JavaScript​, and digital images.
Besides​, the domain is also accessible through aliases – including​, .li, .fo, .ph. .vn and .md (Full article...)​[​edit​]
Main page: Wikipedia:Using
Main page: Wikipedia:Using Webrecorder
As of July 14, 2019 this WebCite does not accept any new archive requests; historically archived pages can still be accessed but this service cannot be used to make any new archives.
Main page: Wikipedia:Using WebCite
See also​[​edit​]
Wikipedia:List of web archives on Wikipedia
Categories​: Wikipedia how-to
This page was last edited on 13 May 2020, at 02:59 (UTC).
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