Method and system for using a communications network to archive and retrieve bibliography information and reference material

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  • US 7,178,097 B1
  • Filed: 11/13/2000
  • Issued: 02/13/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for archiving reference material cited in a bibliography of a manuscript by an author of the manuscript, the system comprising:

  • a database connected to the Internet;

    a first communications device connected to the Internet, wherein an author of a manuscript uses a web site on the Internet as a reference for the manuscript, wherein the author uses the first communications device to transmit the addresses of the web site to the database;

    wherein the database obtains a copy of the web site from the Internet upon receiving the web site address from the author such that the copy of the web site obtained by the database is verbatim to the web site as on the Internet at the time the author transmitted the web site address to the database, wherein the database stores the copy of the web site along with a distinctive key associated with the copy of the web site;

    wherein the author cites the web site as being a reference for the manuscript by listing identification of the web site along with the distinctive key in the bibliography of the manuscript, wherein an audience of the manuscript obtains the distinctive key from the bibliography of the manuscript; and

    a second communications device connected to the Internet, wherein the audience uses the second communications device to transmit the distinctive key to the database in order to request the database for the copy of the web site;

    wherein the database transmits a copy of the stored copy of the web site to the audience via the Internet and the second communications device in response to receiving the distinctive key from the audience such that the copy of the web site received by the audience is verbatim to the web site as on the Internet at the time the author transferred the web site address to the database.

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