Whether you’re doing research for your studies, recalling your most favorite Saturday Night Live skit or wishing you had some great Maceo Parker music to listen to while you’re studying, you will be glad to learn of the Internet Archive. Let me share with you, one of my most favorite online resources.
From their website: “The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections.”
The site contains terrabites of data that are of enormous value and it is all absolutely free. I myself visit frequently to listen to some of my favorite musical groups whose music is there to stream for free. Also of great value is the “Wayback Machine” which allows users to enter the web address of any site. – even sites that have long been taken down off the Internet – and view the sites as they were in past iterations. Just a phenomenal resource for study and recreation. Visit www.archive.org