Q. What's a DOI?

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What is a DOI?

DOI stands for "direct object identifier" it's a combination of letters and numbers that provide a direct and unchanging link to a document. (URLs, on the other hand, can change over time.)

Here's an example of what a DOI looks like: doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2013.10.3

What types of resources have DOIs?

Any type of document can have a DOI. However, the vast majority of resources with DOIs are journal articles published in the last 10 years. Older articles and resources usually don't have a DOI because they didn't exist.

How do I find an DOI?

If the article has a DOI it can be found on the first page of the article. It should be near the title, author, and journal information. 

How do I cite a DOI?

It depends on your citation style! Whichever citation style you use, you can search OWL Purdue for your citation style, then look in the works cited section to find citation examples. 

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  • Last Updated Feb 22, 2021
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