Hot Type: A Modern Scholar's Ailments: Link Rot and Footnote Flight

Plenty of Web content is the information equivalent of a bag of potato chips, created to be consumed and forgotten. Not for scholars, though. Authors and journal editors link to Web-based resources in citations meant to last, but the phenomenon of "link rot"—when links, or URL's, stop working—can undermine the usefulness of those references. If a URL leads nowhere, another researcher might not be able to find the source material. In the case of, say, medical studies, a dead link