Law professors and law students should use Perma.cc links in their articles! And journal editors should encourage their authors to use Perma.cc links as well!
What is a perma.cc link?
Perma.cc links are free to make and allow you to save a snapshot of how a webpage looks at the time you cite it in your article.
Why use a perma.cc link?
A Perma.cc link will never rot or go bad and will allow readers of your article to see the webpage with the same information you saw when you cited it. And if you need more convincing than that, according to Bluebook Rule 18.2.1(d), archiving internet sources is encouraged, and Perma.cc is one of the examples.
How do you create a Perma.cc link?
Go to the Perma.cc website, and you can use this helpful guide here. Email Annalee Hickman Pierson at HickmanA@law.byu.edu to get your free account set up on perma.cc through the BYU Law Library’s free subscription. There is an option in this subscription for the editors of BYU Law Review and BYU Journal of Public Law to create Perma.cc links for their respective journals’ articles as well.
How do you cite a perma.cc link in your article?
Bluebook Rule 18.2.1(d) shows how to include a Perma.cc link in a citation.