Exploring the Half-life of Internet Footnotes

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2005-04-01
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Bugeja, Michael
Dimitrova, Daniela
Dimitrova, Daniela
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Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
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Vanishing online references are becoming a problem for scholars. This exploratory study examines use of online citations, focusing on 2003 AEJMC conference papers accepted by the Communication Technology and Policy division. Authors analyze papers using URL reference addresses in bibliographies and document some 40% of online citations being unavailable a year later. Results show that .edu is the most stable domain. Error messages for "dead" URL addresses also are explored. Finally authors offer much needed recommendations for researchers who use Internet citations.

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This article is published as Bugeja, M., & Dimitrova, D. V. (2005). Exploring the Half-life of Internet Footnotes. The Iowa Journal of Communication, 37(1), 77-86. Posted with permission.

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