The Law Library’s Partnership with Perma.cc

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The Law Library is a partner in Perma.cc, which seeks to address the issue of “link rot” in legal scholarship.  Link rot occurs when a URL included in a document no longer leads to the intended location.  Perma.cc allows an author to input a URL, from which Perma.cc creates a new URL for the author to use.  The new URL will last for a renewable two-year period or, if a law journal verifies and “vests” the link, the URL will be preserved forever.  

The 20th edition of The Bluebook, now available in the Law Library, encourages the archiving of internet sources using a reliable archival tool. Rules 18.1(a) and 18.2.1(d) use Perma.cc links as examples of reliable archival links.  

For more information on link rot and how Perma.cc addresses link rot issues, see Perma: Scoping and Addressing the Problem of Link and Reference Rot in Legal Citations

To set up a Perma.cc account, please contact Matt Braun at matthew-braun@uiowa.edu.