What is a DOI and how do I find it?


A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique sequence of letters and numbers often assigned to articles published in scholarly journals, and other items like conference proceedings or book chapters. (A DOI is to articles as an ISBN is to books.) 

A DOI might be formatted in various ways, including: 

  • • https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13324 

  • • doi:10.1111/jonm.13324 

Where to find an article's DOI: 

In MinerQuest 

  • • Click on an article's title so you can see the "Send To" section 

  • • Click "Citation" 

  • • The APA and MLA citations for the article generated in MinerQuest will display a DOI if an article has one 


Viewing a Journal Article in Another Database* 

*databases will look different, but these steps should apply in most cases 

  • • Click on an article's title so that you can see the information about the article, the abstract, and any available full text links 

  • • If the article has a DOI, it should be displayed somewhere on this page (see below for an example) 


When You Can't Find the DOI Anywhere Else 

  • • Go to crossref.org 

  • • Above the search box, click the "Metadata" tab (see "CrossRef Search" image below) 

  • • Enter the full title of the article for which you need a DOI 

  • • If the article has a DOI, it will display in the results page (see "CrossRef Results" image below) 

CrossRef Search 


CrossRef Results 


Please note that DOIs have only existed since the year 2000, and that while their use is extremely widespread, it is not required—so some older and even contemporary items you may expect to have a DOI may not have one. If you need a DOI for a reference/citation and cannot find one for the article in question, consult your style (APA, MLA, AMA, etc.) guidelines for what to do when an article does not have a DOI. 

  • Last Updated Aug 24, 2023
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