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Finding information about the DOI

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How can I find DOI numbers for articles that I have found?

Answered By: Marlene Giguere
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 127

Not every article has an assigned DOI. You can review steps 1 and 2 below to make sure that you have not overlooked it.  Otherwise, please follow the process outlined in step 3. 

  1. From the database's results list, I would click on the title of the article to get to the detailed record of the article. I would glance down the detailed record to see it it is listed there. I would also click the "cite" button on the right toolbar and look for it in the citation.
  2. I would open the PDF of the article if it is available and look for it at the top and bottom of the first page.
  3. I would Google the journal, find the home page of the journal, and check the journal's archive for information on the article. Even though you usually can't access the full text of the article this way, you can often see the bibliographic information, including the DOI. If I didn't find the DOI this way, I would stop looking and format my reference entry without the DOI. Instead, the page numbers would be followed by this phrase using the journal's home page URL.

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