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How do I find a doi?
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A doi, or Digital Object Identifier, is a unique and permanent identifier for scholarly documents on the web - sort of like a social security number for online scholarship. You may need to locate a doi when you are citing a journal article in APA style, for example. A doi can look like this (10.1177/02711214030230020201) or like this (http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/02711214030230020201). There are several ways to locate a doi. Here are a few:
- Is it on the article? If you already have the full-text of the article, a doi is often included on the first page of the article. Different publishers place the doi in different areas so you may need to look closely to find it.
- Check the database. If you used a library database to access a journal article, a doi is often included in the search result or the record for that article.
- Check CrossRef. A not-for-profit organization for scholarly publishing, CrossRef maintains a database containing records for titles, authors, DOIs, and more. Drop your complete reference, article title, or author and publication information into the CrossRef metadata search to find a doi for your document.
For more information about the doi and/or citing documents with a doi in APA style, please see the following: