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What is is a service that helps prevent "link rot". Use it to preserve the online sources you cite and to make those records accessible to your readers.

What is link rot?  Link rot happens when you cite to an online source that later disappears or changes. It's a big problem, especially for academic scholarship which depends heavily on citations to stable sources.

How does work?  You give the URL of the page you want to preserve and cite. The software visits that URL, preserves what's there, deposits it into our collection, and gives you a unique URL that points to the record in our collection. Then, you can use that URL in your citation to give readers access to a stable, accurate record of the source you referenced ...even if the original disappears from the web.

How to begin with

Creating a account:

To preserve web pages with, you need an account.

Anyone can create an account, and each account lets you preserve up to 10 records per month for free. 

To create an account, visit the signup page

Beginning to use

To create a new Perma Link of a web page:

  1. Login to your account (or sign-up for an account)
  2. Make sure you are on your "Confirm and Manage" page
  3. Copy the URL from the address bar of the web page you want to preserve
  4. Paste the URL of the web page you want to preserve into the window of the page ("Paste your URL here")
  5. Then click the "Create Perma Link" button (the Blue button)

Perma will visit the web page you selected and create a record of the contents of that page.  When Perma finishes processing your request, the Perma Record will appear and you can see the preserved page similar to below (you should review the Perma Record to confirm that it displays correctly).

The Perma Link for your preserved page will now appear in the address bar of your browser (as well in the Perma Record)Also, when you return to the "Create and Manage" page of your account, your new preserved page link will appear under Your Perma Links list. 

Now you can just cut & paste your new Perma Link in place of the old link ...and know that it is permanent!

More about

FAQ / More Information:

If you want more information about and preserving links to online sources, check out the FAQ on the User Guide.

If you have questions about your account, email Doug Heimbigner at Mortola Library.

Instructional Librarian / Mortola Library