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A guide for tool used to create a permanent archived version of a web page and to assign a permanent URLs.

What is


                                                    is used by law journals and legal researchers to create a permanent archived version of a web page and to assign a permanent URL to that web page.

Your readers can click on a URL in a footnote and view the website and the information that the author referred to when the URL was captured.

This avoids the frustration of finding a dead link when a  web site has been taken down or changed since it was viewed and cited by an author.

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How do I get a Account?

How can I try Perma?

Anyone can give Perma a try by applying for an individual Perma account, however this account limits the user to creating ten Perma links.

Can I have a Perma Account as an author for an article I am writing?

Yes! Perma member law libraries are now setting up accounts for their academics. We can set you up as your own “organisation” under Melbourne Law School Library’s account. This will allow you to create an unlimited number of Perma links, and to organise them in folders under your organisation name.

To establish your Perma organisation account email

Please note: your co-authors and research assistants can be added to your account as other members of your "organisation". "Members" can add, rearrange and annotate the links under your account.

How do I activate my account?

When the Law Library’s Perma account administrators have set up your account you will receive an email with the following request.


After you have set up your password you will be ready to log in to your account, begin  organising your new account, and to start  creating and organising your new permalinks.

How do I make a


Creating a new Perma Link

Follow the steps below to create a Perma Link. More details are in the guide.

1. Cut and paste the URL of the web page that you need to archive in the “Create Perma Link” box.

2. Select or create a folder to deposit your new Perma link.

When you click on the “Create Perma Link” button, the web site information will be preserved and you will receive your new Perma Link.

3. Your can view the preserved record and you have the option to view the live page or the screenshot view of the page you captured.

If the capture doesn’t look right, you made a mistake or change your mind you have 24 hours to delete the link before it becomes permanent.

You may decide to replace the captured image. To do this, view your newly created Perma record by clicking on “Show record details“ in the top left corner of the screen then, when you click on “Edit record” you will be able to upload your own image.


When should I create Links?

We recommend that you create links for websites on the Internet such as blog postings, working papers, reports, press releases  – any free web pages that do not already have another form of permanent URL such as a DOI or a Handle URL.

When should I not create a link?

The terms and conditions of specify that should not be used to archive content in a subscription database or behind a paywall.

What do I do if cannot archive a URL?

If is unable to upload the site you can try uploading the content directly to

Problems to watch out for when uploading to are:

  • Files that do not have a direct URL are unable to be loaded into e.g. If you enter the URL of an SSRN page into you will only archive the abstract, not the article. You will need to upload the PDF content directly to
  • Sites with video ( is unable to load videos).
  • Content that appears on multiple pages, such as news stories that are divided into sections – only the content that appears at the URL that you enter in the box  will be archived.

Are there any short cuts for creating Links?

We suggest that you place a booklet into your “favourites” bar.

Click on your name in the top right corner of the screen. Select the “Tools” option. Move the “Create Link button to your bookmarks bar.

When you are viewing a page you wish to save as a link, just click on your bookmarklet to create your new Link.

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How do I cite a

How do I cite my link in a footnote?



The Melbourne Journal of International Law (MJIL) now uses for citations in its articles. Take a look at the articles in volume 16, issue 2 (2015). e.g. Margaret A. Young and Sebástian Rioseco Sullivan, ‘Implications of the Whaling Case at the International Court of Justice', (2015) 16 Melbourne Journal of International Law 321. (As found in AustLII.)

The following footnote shows how MJIL presents citations with links.


The Australian Guide to Legal Citation 4th edition covers use of persistent link services at Rule 4.5.

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