This may or not be a complicated question... but here goes! I use Microsoft Windows XP and have Internet Explorer as my browser. I'm wondering if there is any way, when I load a web page to find out when the web page was last updated or when it was added as a site/ posted?? I know trusted sites like ThriftyFun say when they are last updated, but sometimes when researching for school or need to know research I have no clue as to if its from 2006 or 1996. I look forward for any advice and thank you in advance!
-I do classes online, and do A LOT of internet research. I use Mozilla Firefox, but when I went through Explorer, using "Properties" and view Source, no dates popped up (except for when it is copied into your history.) The most common I have seen is the Copyright at the bottom. Most "professional" sites have their information copyrighted, and will mark an update. If it is a weblog, I go by the most recent entry date. Somewhere on the sites (especially were it shows the Webmaster name) there will be some date either showing the last update or current usage (like copyright for thriftyfun is 1997-2006, meaning information is on here and is active in 2006. If you need to cite articles/publications, most of those have the published date listed in the site address. I hope this helps. I use Windows XP/Office 2003, plus I am taking a class on it, so I will post the question and check back with you later!
Camo_Angels: Thank you so much for your valuable information ... I really appreciate all that you stated and now I can feel more confident when citing publications from the internet. When I was first studying to be a paralegal years ago it would become aggravating at times that the "law was fluid" and literally after writing a paper the laws could change overnight (We had to deal with some old lawbooks too and the year I was done they THEN starting using Westlaw online ... go figure LOL) I wish you much sucess in your education and thank you again!! --- MATT
Or...and this is the easiest way: Use a bookmarklet! Bookmarklets are the coolest thing since sliced bread and so easy to add to your links bar to enhance functionality of your browser. (No install needed) Check out http://bookmarklets.com/tools/data/index.phtml or just google bookmarklets. Look for "Page Freshness"
This is not an accurate indication of when the page was last updated
type that into the URL box and then refresh page. As simple as that, should come up with a box that shows the date and time it was last modified, just click ok and then it goes back to the page. <33
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