Answered By: Lynn VanLeer Last Updated: Feb 05, 2017 Views: 6144
Look for the DOI (digital object identifier) on the PDF of the article or search for it on the CrossRef.org website using the Metadata Search. Be aware that not all articles have a DOI.
Here are the two ways you can look for the DOI of an article:
Check the article PDF
Locate the PDF of the article. Many publishers include the DOI along with other citation information on the first page of an article. Look in the margins, header, and footer.
CrossRef.org is the organization that facilitates the creation and use of DOIs by publishers and scholars. Its database contains citation information for all articles that have been assigned DOIs.
1. Go to the CrossRef.org website.
2. Click on the tab to Search Metadata.
3. Copy and paste (or type) the article title into the Search Metadata box, and hit the Enter key or click the Search icon.
4. Locate the result that matches your title. The DOI is listed at the bottom of the result as part of a link. You can disregard the beginning of the link (http://dx.doi.org/...) since this is not part of the DOI. All DOIs start with the number 10.
Tip: If your article does not show up in the result list, you can try the Guest Query search on CrossRef.org. Instructions are outlined on the Library's DOI guide. You can also try their general CrossRef search page.
Note: If CrossRef.org has no DOI listed, you can assume there is none for the article you searched.
Video: Search for a DOI
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APA citation rules ask for a DOI when available. If the DOI is not available, you can learn how to cite using the web address for the Journal's home page.
Do you have other questions about finding DOIs? Ask a Librarian!