Answered By: Office of Scholarly Communications & Publishing ULS
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016     Views: 33

A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique identifier made up of numbers and letters that provides a persistent link to an article's location on the Internet. Oftentimes it leads to content that's available electronically.  When you have a DOI, you don’t need a full citation.  Just plug the DOI into a DOI resolver at the International DOI Foundation  or at a DOI registration agency like CrossRef and you'll jump straight to metadata page with the full citation and link to full text if available. 

If you’re not able to get to fulltext from the above sites, use the citation to see if the article is available from the ULS (University Library System).  If that’s not the case, place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request.

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