Did you know that 1 in 5 articles cite content which is either no longer accessible on the web, or where the content has changed since it was accessed?

Site2cite enables you to guard against “Reference Rot” and ensure that when you cite a website in your thesis, dissertation, or publication, you can be sure that your readers will be able to access the same page you looked at during your research and writing process.

Simply upload your document and we’ll identify URLs (web addresses) and archive them (or if we can’t archive them we’ll let you know). You can then cite the archived copy in your own work as a “Hiberlink” or in your conventional citation style. In Word and PDF documents we recommend citing both the original URL and the Site2cite archive URL so that your readers know where your site came from, when you looked at it, and how to locate the appropriate version. For websites you can simply copy and paste the html for the Hiberlink to do that automatically.

Upload your document

Upload your document and we will look for URLs.

We will archive all URLs

We will archive all the URLs that we find and let you know if we can’t.

We will return a list of URLs

We will return a list of all the URLS so that you can cite the archived versions/hiberlinks.

Site2cite also allows you to archive multiple urls from your exported bibliography using Bibtex or RIS formats (supported in EndNote, Reference Manager, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.) and we’ll provide you with an updated file to download and import back into your preferred reference management software. Or you can try out our tools by archiving a single URL.

When you upload a document (.doc, .docx, or PDF) we hold it temporarily to look for the URLs, create archived versions (powered by the Internet Archive), and provide you with a list of both your archived copy, and a “Time Travel for the Web” URL to view any other archived versions of the same page. We will not retain your document nor pass on your work to anybody else. We also won’t edit your document so you keep control about what you are citing and how you use your Hiberlinks and archive URLs.

We would love your feedback on Site2cite. Please contact us at: with your comments, ideas and suggestions.

Klein M, Van de Sompel H, Sanderson R, Shankar H, Balakireva L, et al. (2014) Scholarly Context Not Found: One in Five Articles Suffers from Reference Rot. PLOS ONE 9(12): e115253.
Burnhill, P., Mewissen, M. & Wincewicz, R., (2015). Reference rot in scholarly statement: threat and remedy. Insights. 28(2), pp.55–61.

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