Answered By: Pamela Perry
Last Updated: May 01, 2017     Views: 45

DOI stands for "Digital Object Identifier." Basically, it's a unique combination of letters and numbers that is assigned to a journal article to make it easier to find online. More and more journal publishers are assigning DOIs to each article they publish; they can usually be found in the database article record or on the top/bottom of the article itself.

To watch a short video explaining what a DOI is, click here.

Once you've found the DOI, use this easy-to-read flowchart to decide if you should include it in your citation.

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