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The Wayback Machine is an online resource that caches and catalogs large numbers of websites. The service is provided by the Internet Archive. It contains snapshots of web pages from around the internet back to 1996. A BETA test for a new version of the Wayback Machine was released at the end of 2010. Improvements in the BETA version include a new toolbar, new calendar, and faster functionality.[1]

You can use the tool by pasting the URL of interest into the query box. However, you cannot type keyword queries into the query box - it only accepts URLs.

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The Internet Archive can be a useful tool for verifying that information on the internet was publicly available as of a certain date, a task often needed during prior art searching.--KWhitman 20:02, 24 May 2010 (UTC)


  1. "What’s the difference between the classic Wayback Machine and the new BETA test version?" Wayback Machine website, http://faq.waybackmachine.org/whats-the-difference-between-the-classic-wayback-machine-and-the-new-beta-version/. Created on December 21, 2010. Accessed on February 01, 2011.

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