For well over a decade I’ve been intensively using the Internet for research. Over time some of those sources have, for one reason and another, disappeared. When that happens, the most valuable tool available has been the 20+ years of web history accessible through the Wayback Machine provided by The Internet Archive digital library. The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. For 21 years, the Internet Archive has been dedicated to a single mission: to give everyone access to all knowledge, forever. For free.
The archive contains
- 279 billion web pages
- 11 million books and texts
- 4 million audio recordings (including 160,000 live concerts)
- 3 million videos (including 1 million Television News programs)
- 1 million images
- 100,000 software programs
The Internet Archive has something for everyone
Today, visitors from across the globe retrieve countless digitized books, films, TV clips, websites, software, music and audio files, photos, games, maps, court/legal documents and more via the no-charge Internet Archive.
- Researchers, journalists, students and nostalgia buffs alike tap into the Wayback Machine—with its 472 billion retired and indexed web pages—and its TV News Archive.
- Over 400 organizations use Internet Archive’s Archive-It subscription web archiving service to gather, build and preserve digital content collections. Avid readers tap into the Open Library e-book lending program.
- The Live Music Archive, LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection, and Old Time Radio show compilation entertain ears everywhere.
- Computer nerds gravitate to the Software Collection, the planet’s largest vintage and historical software library boasting millions of CD-ROM images, programs and even antique video games like Oregon Trail, played more than 2 million times on Internet Archive’s site.
- Curious consumers indulge in old exploitation films like Reefer Madness, campy public service announcements from the 1950s, and even breathtaking interstellar images.
- And the brand new Political TV Ad Archive attracts innumerable political news junkies.
These days it may be passé to refer to the Internet as The Information Superhighway, but in that context The Internet Archive is truly a Super Library that has something for everyone.
Anyone encountering dead or broken links in the appendix of Psyclone can paste the link into The Wayback Machine and be confident of being able to access the content.