Q: What is a DOI? How do I access an article if I have a DOI?


DOI stands for "digital object identifier." It is intended to create a permanent link for a digital item. It differs from a URL because the digital location of a document or item may change, but the DOI acts as a permanent address for the item. For more information, visit the International DOI Foundation.

Many of the electronic journal articles you will find in the library databases have a DOI. It is usually listed at the end of the citation for an article.

If you have a DOI and need to access an article, you should use Google Scholar. Google Scholar can be accessed via our "Find a Database" under the SuperSearch box on the library homepage. Simply click "G" at the top menu and scroll down to "Google Scholar."  Here, search for the DOI. 

If you are on-campus, your results will link to our databases and allow you automatic access for those journals in our system. If you are off-campus, you will need to enter your NetID and password. If we do not have access to the journal you need, please click here for directions on how to order it from another library.

If you need to search for the journal by title, please click here for directions.

For more information

For more help, email the Research and Instructional Services department, or call or visit one of our Research Help Desks:

Sturgis Library at Kennesaw: Ground Floor, Room G-16, 470-578-6325
Johnson Library at Marietta: First Floor, Room C-125, 470-578-7471


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Last Updated

Jul 20, 2017


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