Welcome to Day 5 of the Power Researcher Challenge!
Have you ever cited a web source only to have it no longer render when you or a reader tries to access it at a later time (the dreaded 404 error!)? Have you heard of 'link rot'? It's when websites change, go away, or get taken down, and the original links lead to broken, blank, altered, or even malicious pages. Yikes!
Never fear! You can use Perma.cc to create a permanent, archived version of a website. Perma.cc will assign a permanent URL to the archived version of the site, making that source accessible to your readers even if the web page goes away. It's a free service created by Harvard Libraries with the goal of long term preservation of web content cited in scholarly sources.
Let's get started!
1. Create a free Perma.cc account - this will allow you to test drive the software and save 10 links total.
Or, take the BONUS Challenge (even better!): Email email@example.com to get set up with unlimited Perma Links in Perma.cc. It's quick and easy!
Note: Jen will give you your own account that includes two sections: Personal Links and Organization Links. With Personal Links (individual links you save at your discretion), you get up to 10 links per month. With Organization Links, you get unlimited personal links, plus you can share access to your links (at your discretion)!
What does a Perma.cc link look like in action? See this example of a Perma.cc record from the White House home page in 2015.
3. Click the "Create Perma Link" button.
Note: Perma.cc works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE10+.
Note: You can delete Perma Links within 24 hours after you create them - feel free to practice with one or two links and then delete them so that they don't take up your initial 10 free links.
Pro Tips for Using Perma.cc
How do you cite a Perma Link?
Citations to Perma Links may vary, depending on the citation style you use, but a popular approach is to include the original link, followed by "archived at" and the Perma Link. See, for example, the following endnote in Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety:
Here's another example of several chapter references, from Global Brand Management: A Guide to Developing, Building & Managing an International Brand:
How do you organize Perma Links?
Once you're set up for unlimited links, consider creating folders of links that are meaningful to you. That way, when you come back to your account at a later time, you'll have a better sense of where things are that you need. For example, you might label links by:
Did you know?
The following resources help describe the importance of permanent URLs to scholarly citations.
You've completed the Power Researcher Challenge! It's been a delight to spend this week with you. We hope you found these activities useful and thought provoking for your work at the university and beyond. Keep in touch!
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