Answered By: Cameron Hoffman-McGaw
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2015     Views: 12

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. It's a special identifying number that is assigned to an electronic resource, such as a journal article.

The VIU Library has a guide to DOIs. In this guide, you can find the following information.

  • What is a DOI?
  • How do I find a particular article's DOI?
  • How do I change a DOI into a permanent, stable web link (this is a question sometimes asked by faculty who want to embed a link to an article in a course website).

DOIs are commonly seen in citations using APA style or Chicago style. For more information about using those, or other, citation styles, check our Citing Your Sources guide.

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