Finding Permanent Links to News Sources
It's important that in your references you provide weblinks to sources that are as permanent as possible.
- CongressDaily stories: CongressDaily is a valuable source of detailed information about the actions of the U.S. Congress. However, it is also very expensive and its articles are generally behind a paywall, preventing most citizen editors from being able to read the full article. Government Executive, however, often reprints articles on its website, which is not behind a paywall. Before linking to CongressDaily as a source, check the Government Executive site for a link to a copy of the story.
- Yahoo! News stories: Yahoo! news links expire quickly—months, weeks or even days after being posted—leaving articles to which they are attached orphaned, particularly if only the article's URL is posted as a source. When Yahoo! links are included in the External Links section accompanied by an article title, it is often impossible to locate another active link for the reference. Yahoo!, as do others using wire service reports, frequently slightly or greatly alters the original article title, making it most often impossible to locate a replacement source for the article.
- Often, blogs follow the same practice of posting the Yahoo! news links within cited material. Linking to a blog which has as its sole source a Yahoo! news link will also result in an inactive link in the future, rendering the quoted material without a source and unreliable, as well.
- Although the WaybackMachine and other archive sources are valuable tools, they cannot locate expired Yahoo! links. Once the article disappears from Yahoo!'s cache, neither a Yahoo! or a Google search will be able to find the link.
- Google news stories: The most reliable way to ensure that news articles do not end up with inactive links (and sans a reliable source for the information to which the URL was attached) is to use a Google search to find a more reliable source for the article.
- Google provides links to wire service as well as self-generated news articles for all the major news and wire services, including ABC News, CBS News, NBC News/MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg News, and Fox News; the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Inter Press Service, McClatchy Newspapers, Cox Newspapers, UPI, and more; The Washington Post, The Washington Times, New York Daily News, The New York Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, BBC (UK),Guardian Unlimited (UK), The Independent (UK), Times of London, USA TODAY, Editor & Publisher, Christian Science Monitor, The Hill, Newsweek, TIME, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair (politics), The Village Voice, etc., which provide enduring article links.
- Note that weblinks to articles published by The New York Times and Yahoo! often expire (or are archived for $$$) within a very short time.
- Note that The Washington Times daily news links have a short expiration date. An archived link can be accessed via WaybackMachine.org.
- Significant article links are often buried several pages deep, however, and searching beyond the first five, ten, twenty or more pages of search results may be necessary to arrive at a "gem".
- Breitbart: Breitbart provides links to breaking news
- BuzzFlash: BuzzFlash provides links to current headline news and blog articles, as well as its own articles and provides a news alert service.
- Ice Rocket: The Ice Rocket search engine accesses blogs, the web, MySpace, and news links. A word of caution is necessary, though, regarding blogs: unless you are familiar with a particular blog, tread carefully, as spyware, adware, malware and trojans may be lurking there. The same applies to MySpace pages.