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If you’ve ever been frustrated because a link to a site is broken, or a great site that used to be on the internet has now disappeared, try using the WaybackMachine website  –  an internet archive site which also archives moving images, live music, audio and texts.

From Wikipedia – “This service allows users to see archived versions of web pages of the past, what the Internet Archive calls a “three dimensional index”. Millions of websites and their associated data (images, source code, documents, etc.) are saved in a gigantic database. The service can be used to see what previous versions of websites used to look like, to grab original source code from websites that may no longer be directly available, or to visit websites that no longer even exist. Not all websites are available, however, because many website owners choose to exclude their sites.”

One of the aims of the site is to provide historical collections of archived sites for researchers, historians, scholars and anyone else who is intersted. Some of the archived collections  include:   Asian Tsunamis, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita and September 11.

To use the site, enter the web address of the site you are looking for, and the WaybackMachine will show you the sites that have been archived for that address, and the dates on which they were archived.