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The present study examines the reliability of web citations in scholarly journals of Library and Information Science and Communication and Media Studies. The journals were selected based on their high impact factor published between 2008 and 2017. A total 5,55,428 references were extracted, out of which 1,02,718 had web citations. The research findings indicated that there more number of URLs in CMS journal articles than in LIS journal articles. While examining the characteristic features of the URLs cited, it was found that .html files and organizational (.org) top-level domain were the most cited in both the disciplines. Moreover, URLs with path depth 2 and character length 41-50 were frequently cited in both the disciplines. The display and redirect URLs associated with the characteristic features are also determined in this study.