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 may use Google Scholar to. Google Scholar may 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."  Once in Google Scholar, search for the DOI.

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

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May 11, 2022


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