What is a DOI?


What is a DOI?

DOI stands for digital object identifier, which acts like an ISBN number for articles. A DOI is different from a URL as it acts as a permanent link to an article whereas a URL can be temporary and may change. By itself a DOI is not a full citation. Visit our citation guide, linked below, to see how to cite a journal article.


Where can I find a DOI?

DOI's can be found on the article detail page of most journal articles. On the article record page they are either at the top of the page under the title, or near the bottom. Different databases will have the DOI in different places. Included are examples where it might be located in a Proquest database or an EBSCO database.

A screenshot of the article record page in a ProQuest database. Highlighted in yellow is the DOI directly under the title of the article.




A screenshot of an article record page. Near the bottom of the screenshot is a highlighted section that reads DOI: 10.1080/15532739.2018.146074

What should I do if I cannot find a DOI?

Not every article has a DOI, this includes scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. To check if an article has a DOI you can use CrossRef.org. On CrossRef.org, click on the 'Search Metadata' tab and type in the name of the article. 


  • Last Updated May 02, 2022
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  • Answered By Erika Dragonetti

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