Do I know about the doi?


With final projects fast approaching you students may be working on their respective reference lists.  For those of you who require references in APA format, here are some thoughts on the digital object identifier (doi).

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association calls for the doi in references to journal articles accessed online.  Since this detail is new to the manual’s 6th edition, you may wonder what is a doi in the first place.  The APA”s own website offers a description.

Fortunately the APA site also has a handy flowchart on what to do when the doi is not available.  Make these tools known to your students, and they will know about the doi.