A tremendous volume of information is now available on the World Wide Web (web). Researchers have begun to tap this resource, and reference web sites in their publications. However, web-based sources may not be available in the given location when readers attempt to access the referenced material. This article considers the longevity and malleability of web-based information sources, reasons for the loss of referenced sources, and how using this knowledge resource may affect the academic tradition of building cumulative knowledge.
Joseph, Jimmie and Hartzel, Kathleen, "Addressing Reference "Perishability": The Availability of Web-based Resources Cited in Academic Journals" (1999). AMCIS 1999 Proceedings. 177.