Missing and broken links happen in our courses more often than we would like. They are tough to discover, tough to fix, and frustrating for students in the middle of a course. Seriously, they are pretty bad.
To paraphrase the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life (and paraphrasing that film is our ideal standard mode of discourse), a missing webpage leaves an awfully big hole.
Fortunately, there is something to be done: with a tool called the WayBack Machine over at the Internet Archive, you can find cached (saved) versions of most webpages, as long as you know the URL of what you are trying to find.
Here is what to do:
- Visit archive.org/web
- Paste or type in the URL of the page your are looking for
- Select from the available versions of the page presented to you
- Spend hours and hours exploring the Internet Archive (optional)
That is all there is to it. Appropriately, given our film tribute above, here is a video that lays it all out in moving pictures: