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According to the APA style guide to electronic references ( image of PDF icon, 366k), writers must include an article's  DOI (Digital Object Identifier) in citations if there is one for that article.

Below is a brief guide to finding an article's DOI. More information on what DOI's are is available as well as all the changes to APA style as of July 2007.

There are a few ways to get the DOI for a piece of information.

  1. Enter the citation information in CrossRef.
    The forms linked below use DOI to find articles.
    Single citation lookup
    Multiple citation lookup

  2. From the article page in a database.
    Finding the DOI from the citation record in PsycInfo

  3. From the article page in a journal.
    Finding the DOI from the journal page after you click the Get It button

  4. From the first page of an article.
    Finding the DOI from the first page of an article