Monday, October 28, 2013
DOIs are alphanumeric strings of code that identify specific online articles. Standing for Digital Object Identifier, the DOI is designed to remain constant, no matter how much a website containing an article may change. You can search for the DOI and find the article.
What if the only identifying information about an article that you have is a DOI, like this one: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.01.025
Go to the DOI Resolver and paste it in to find "Building Bridges in Academic Nursing and Health Care Practice Settings" in the Journal of Professional Nursing from November 2007.
You can also search with a DOI in Google Scholar. Usually there will only be a single result, but be aware that Google's search may retrieve DOIs listed in the bibliographies of online articles. If a list of articles is retrieved, make sure your DOI is a match with the DOI of the article you select.