Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
A URL is an address on the Internet or World Wide Web. The term "URL" stands for Uniform Resource Locator, a universal standard or protocol set up and agreed upon by those who instituted the Web, providing a "uniform" way for people across the globe to access and use the Internet. Anyone seeking to establish a presence on the web must register a unique domain name, which becomes the base for all subsequent URLs within that domain. The URL is typically entered into the address bar at the top of a web browser.
URLs are familiar to anyone using the Internet for genealogy, providing access a wide range of commercial, non-commercial, and public information web sites. The URL also also plays an important role when documenting information obtained on the Internet and should be included in the citation, along with the date on which the information was accessed.