What is Perma.cc and why use it?
Perma.cc keeps any links referenced in your research or publications from changing or disappearing. It fights link rot!
Use it to preserve the online sources you cite and to make those records accessible to your readers. Forever.
You may create Perma.cc Links to your own or others' work as it appears online. Because Perma Links capture a snapshot in time, each one is unique, even if different individuals create their own Perma Links for the same document. Any Perma Link you create makes an archive of that specific web page at the moment in time that you “Perma” it, and you may use and share this link in your citations (or choose to keep it private). Perma.cc links are public by default.
Why is preserving a permanent record important? The following statement from the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (chapter 14 section 15), sums it up:
Get Started with an Account through Your Perma.cc Registrar of Users
By signing up for your own Perma.cc account with the relevant Registrar of Users below, Harvard affiliates will be able to save 10 links per month to your Personal Links folder, or an unlimited number of links to your organization folders.
Harvard Business School:
- Rhys Sevier firstname.lastname@example.org
Harvard Divinity School:
- asklib.hds.harvard.edu (Andover-Harvard Theological Library)
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences:
- email@example.com (Faculty of Arts and Sciences Libraries)
Please enter the following in your subject line: Perma.cc ATTN: Ramona Crawford or Emily Bell
Harvard Graduate School of Design:
- asklib.gsd.harvard.edu (Frances Loeb Library)
Harvard Graduate School of Education:
- asklib.gse.harvard.edu (Gutman Library)
Harvard Kennedy School:
- asklib.hks.harvard.edu (Harvard Kennedy School Library and Knowledge Services)
Harvard Law School:
- asklib.law.harvard.edu (Harvard Law School Library)
Harvard Medical School:
- asklib.hms.harvard.edu (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America:
- asklib.schlesinger.radcliffe.edu (Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America)
Please visit the Perma.cc guide created by Harvard Law School Librarians to learn how to:
- Create a Perma.cc link
- Use and cite links*
- Manage links
- Annotate links
*Please note that very few citation manuals have yet been updated to provide formatting guidance for incorporating Perma.cc links. The current best practice is to include both the original URL and the Perma.cc link in your citation, prefacing the latter with "archived at."
**Please also note that citation management tools, like Zotero and EndNote, as of this writing, do not yet automate the inclusion of Perma.cc links in citations. If you wish to include them, you must edit each record by hand.