How to Find Old Web Pages That May No Longer Be Around

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Old Web pages or websites may have been allowed to expire by the domain owner, or may have been taken off-line for any number of reasons. If you want to visit that website for a dose of nostalgia, or perhaps to find information not available elsewhere, you can visit the Internet Archive, sometimes called the Wayback Machine, which periodically nabs a snapshot of any website that hasn't specifically prohibited it.

  • Start your Internet browser and visit Archive.org. This website lists thousands of website archives, and anyone can browse through the listings.

  • Enter the URL of the website you want to find into the URL field in the Wayback Machine, then click "Take Me Back." Wait for the page to load; this could take a little while, depending on your Internet connection, current site traffic and how far the site has to dig through the archives.

  • Click the links that appear to see different versions of the website as it changed and evolved. The website owner most likely blocked archival if no links are found; double-check the URL you entered to make sure it was correct.

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