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Last Updated: Feb 02, 2020     Views: 238

The DOI, or digital object identifier, is a unique number assigned to an article.  Not all articles, especially older articles, will have a DOI assigned to them.  If you do see that an article you are citing has a DOI, APA citation style recommends that it be included in the citation.

If a DOI has been assigned to an article, one place to check is the first page of the article itself (usually with the letter DOI or doi in front of the number).  Another place to check for a DOI is by reviewing the citation record of the article in the research database where the article was found.