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Section 10.3.1

Citing Online Sources

Specific formats for referencing online sources in different styles are just being developed and, insome cases, debated. Indeed, specific formats are often changing as rapidly as the media themselves.

Online sources lack the permanence and stability of print sources. The Library of Congress, forexamples, holds (theoretically forever) the "true and correct" version of any book or magazinecopyrighted in the United States. The authenticity of any reference can ultimately be verified byconsulting the official and unchangeable copyright copy. On the other hand, a web site candisappear forever the day after it is visited, or, more likely, its content can change radically from oneday to the next.

Because of this inherent mutability of online materials, several general principles for using and citingthem are becoming incorporated in most reference styles.

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