PhysicsWiki:Using the Wayback Machine

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This page gives information about using the Wayback Machine to cite archived copies of web pages used by articles. This is useful if a webpage has changed, moved, or disappeared; links to the original content can be retained.

Any link to the Wayback Machine starts with This is followed by a date reference, and then the URL of the site. The following example links to all versions of the main index page of Physicswiki. The asterisk is a wild card for all dates:

The next example links to the main index of Physicswiki on the date on September 30, 2002 at 12:35 pm (and 25 seconds). the date format is YYYYMMDDhhmmss

The next example links to the most current version of the Physicswiki. While this is possible, it is discouraged; the most recent version is subject to change, defeating the purpose of using the archive.

See also: Advanced URL locator hints and tips - Internet Archive

Javascript bookmarklet

For a one-click-button in your browser, to use when you're at a dead-link webpage, and go to whatever has saved for it, store the following code in a bookmark on your browser's toolbar, with a label like Wayback:


You can also use Wayback beta:


Mozilla Firefox Add-on

If you are using a Mozilla Firefox browser, you can install a 404 error add-on which will automatically try to detect a missing page in Wayback machine, and provides a button similar to the one described above.

Wayback template

{{wayback}} can create these links for you; use the 'url' and 'date' parameters to specify the URL and date. For example:

Note that the date parameter defaults to '*'.

Cite templates

{{cite news}}, {{cite study}}, and {{cite web}} support the archiveurl parameter (Note that the archivedate parameter is also required!)

  • {{Cite web |url= |archiveurl= |archivedate=2005-07-06 |title=Physicswiki Main Page |accessdate=2002-09-30 }}
    ? Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1 at line 746: Argument map not defined for this variable.

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