Answered By: Eric Rector
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017     Views: 58

Most electronic documents published by an authoritative source such as ACM or IEEE will have a DOI (digital object identifier). The University of Fairfax library subscribes to a service called 360 Link that can help you locate information about a digital document, and direct you to the full text of the item if it is part of our digital collections.

To use the 360 link tool, click on the Citation Linker from the library's web site, or from the EBook & EJournal Finder. Once at the Citation Linker, input the information you have about the object: PubMed ID, ISSN (for journals), ISBN (for monographs such as books and proceedings), and DOI are the most precise search options.

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A DOI is a structured number based on the ISO 26324 standard. For instance the DOI 10.1145/2398776.2398800 is made of the following elements:

  • 10.1145: This is the DOI prefix which includes the directory indicator (10) and the registrant code (1145)
  • 2398776.2398800: This is the DOI suffix which is composed of character string chosen by the registrant; in this case, the first number (2398776) identifies the proceeding and the second number (2398800) identifies the article in the proceeding.

Additional Information

  • DOI.org: Provides a DOI resolver and extensive information on the DOI framework, system tools, etc.
  • Crossref.org Provides a searchable database of digital object metadata that can be used to identify a DOI or other relavent information about a document.