[Air-L] Inclusion of short links in academic publications?

Mark D. Johns mjohns at luther.edu
Fri Jul 22 06:38:32 PDT 2011

While I tend to agree that there is useful information concerning
sources in the original long URL, link rot is a constant issue
regardless of whether one uses a shortening service or not. I don't
find that a convincing argument against the short URL, as there is
very little greater likelihood a link will be lost by bit.ly or
tiny.url than by simply getting trashed by the owner of the original
site. Still, unless there is a compelling reason to shorten, I think
one is better off with the original link.
Mark D. Johns, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa USA
2011-12 Director, Luther Study Centre
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On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM, yana breindl <ybreindl at ulb.ac.be> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I was wondering what your thoughts were concerning the use of shortened URLs
> (e.g. tinyURL, bit.ly etc.) to reference electronic sources in a
> dissertation or other academic publication (along with the title, date, etc.
> possibly an annexe with the long URL). Has this been done already? Is it
> acceptable? Are there important differences between various shortening
> sites?
> Thank you,
> Yana
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