Web archives

Web archives are important as it collects parts of the World Wide Web to ensure that the information on the site is preserved in an archive for future researchers, historians, and the public.

Library staff may be interested in surfing through web archives for documents, research, or to locate past information and records. I find it most useful in Document Delivery, cataloguing and for research.

A comprehensive list of web archives initiatives from around the world is available on Wikipedia. Wikipedia also provides a list of online archives. I have extracted some of web archive sites and listed them below.


  1. Wayback Machine
    • "Save a Page" feature also allows the public to save a website not already listed on the Wayback Machine.
  2. Pandora Archive
    • A national web archive for the preservation of Australia's online publications.
  3. Australian Government Web Archive
    • Complements the National Library of Australia's PANDORA Archive.
  4. The Australian Web Archive
    • Captures over twenty years of website snapshots of Australia's cultural and social history.
  5. Memento Project
    • Makes archived content discoverable via the original URL that the searcher already knew about and gives users the ability to view any web page as it looked on a given date in the past.
  6. UK Government Web Archive
    • Captures, preserve, and make accessible UK central government information published on the web.
  7. Archive.is
    • Takes a 'snapshot' of a webpage that will always be online even if the original page disappears.
    • You can also search the archive for saved snapshots.
  8. Google News Archive
    • Provides free access to scanned archives of newspapers and links to other free and paid newspaper archives on the web.




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