What is a DOI?

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What is a DOI?

  1. 1. WHAT IS A DOI? DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. A DOI is a standardized system for identifying an electronic or digital object. A DOI looks like this: DOI: 10.1080/15575330903279630
  2. 2. DOIs often appear in the citations of articles in a database search:
  3. 3. You can often find the DOI in the articles themselves:
  4. 4. You can use Crossref.org to find a DOI for an article.
  5. 5. Cut and paste a citation in www.crossref.org/guestquery/
  6. 6. Click search, and crossref.org finds the DOI for that article. A standard prefix ( http://dx.doi.org/) added to the DOI makes it a link to the article.
  7. 7. To use the DOI to find the article, use a DOI resolver. Click Go to get to the article.
  8. 8. Download PDF here.
  9. 9. WHY DO I NEED THE DOI? DOIs provide stable, long-lasting links for online articles. Some citation styles, like APA (6th ed.) require you to include the DOI when referencing online journal articles. An APA (6th ed.) reference for an online journal article with a DOI number looks like this: Youmans, R., & Jee, B. (2007). Fudging the numbers: Distributing chocolate influences student evaluations of an undergraduate course. Teaching of Psychology, 34(4), 245-247. doi:10.1080/00986280701700318.
  10. 10. Not all journals have DOIs. An APA (6th ed.) reference for an online journal article without a DOI looks like this: Lampley, J. (2010). Graduate degree programs: Plain vanilla, chocolate fudge, or a cherry on top?. Nonpartisan Education Review 6 (1). Retrieved from http://www.npe.ednews.org
  11. 11. FOR MORE INFORMATION More on DOIs A DOI Primer (APA Style Blog) DOIs: How to find DOIs in PsychINFO (tutorial from APA Style Blog) APA Resources Guide to Citing Education Resources in APA Format 6th Edition (Queen's University) Style Guides (Brock University)
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