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What is a DOI & why do I need to use it?

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2015  |  451 Views
Topics: eJournals

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A DOI or Digital Object Identifier is an alpha numeric name that identifies digital content such as a journal article or a chapter in an e-book. (It might look something like this: 10.1093/0199245088.001.0001.) It is unique to each piece of digital content and provides a persistent link to that content no matter where it is located on the Internet.

DOIs are increasingly being used in article and e-book databases, and are usually part of the citation details of a particular piece of work. The APA (American Psychological Association) and similar organisations now recommend that DOIs be used in referencing. 

If you have a the DOI of a resources, you can:

  • Check if the University Library provides access to the full text content
  • Verify a reference.

Simply enter the DOI into the search box below and you will be presented with a full citation and, where available, links to the full text content. 

by DOI


You can also search for a resource by DOI in the 'Citation Search' service.

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