Citing web pages just got a lot easier.
The University Libraries are now a registrar for Perma.cc, a service that provides web page archiving for research purposes. As its official website states, “Websites change, go away, and get taken down. When linked citations lead to broken, blank, altered, or even malicious pages, that’s called link rot.” Link rot is a serious concern: if your citations links to web pages that change or disappear in the future, your research evidence base is weakened.
In order to battle link rot, Perma.cc archives web pages and creates Perma Links to them. Researchers at Virginia Tech can request a Perma.cc account, allowing for the preservation of unlimited web pages with the simple click of a browser extension button.
Researchers who may have used tools like the Wayback Machine to create stable URLs for their citations will find more features and flexibility with Perma.cc. Perma.cc provides more thorough and accurate web page captures, as well as persistent shortlinks, similar to Bitly or TinyURL, which create cleaner citations.
Perma Links never change or break. They can be included in citations or footnotes, allowing other researchers to easily access the archived web page. Here is an example of a citation that includes both the original URL and the Perma Link:
- Scott Althaus & Kalev Leetaru, Airbrushing History, American Style, Cline Center for Democracy (Nov. 25, 2008), http://www.clinecenter.illinois.edu/airbrushing_history, archived at http://perma.cc/G8PW-798L.
For questions regarding Perma.cc, or to request an account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Maria Atilano, Creative Editor