Answered By: Sarah Mailloux
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2015     Views: 24

A DOI provides a stable link to an article.

"Because online materials can potentially change URLs, APA recommends providing a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), when it is available, as opposed to the URL. DOIs are an attempt to provide stable, long-lasting links for online articles. They are unique to their documents and consist of a long alphanumeric code. Many-but not all-publishers will provide an article's DOI on the first page of the document."  Purdue OWL

Example from Purdue OWL website -

Wooldridge, M.B., & Shapka, J. (2012). Playing with technology: Mother-toddler interaction scores lower during play with electronic toys. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33(5), 211-218.


Online Scholarly Journal Article - Citing DOIs (Purdue OWL)

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APA LibGuide - Northwest College

Citing LibGuide - Casper College

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