Should I use APA Format?
If you are in a class or any of the following subjects are your major, you should probably use APA format:
What is a DOI?
DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. It is a persistent, unique number that identifies a piece of online or digital information, such as a journal article, a chapter in an online book, a data set, a map, and so on. Students most often encounter DOIs when they're citing journal articles. Keep in mind that not every journal article will have a DOI assigned to it! Look for the DOI on the first page of the article, either at the top or bottom. You need to include them in your citation as they are very helpful when trying to locate the article later.
If you don't see the DOI:
Search for the article to find the article's DOI.
A citation management system can help you organize, manage, and annotate your references when working on projects or assignments. Below are some examples.
Note: There are free versions of the below-mentioned citation management systems.
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When searching in a database, you can find a generated citation for a resource.
In the below image, you can see a screenshot of the above-mentioned cite button. In the purple box is the cite button. In the red box is the citation style.
In the below image, you can see errors in the generated citation. The author's name is in all caps, the article title is improperly capitalized, and the DOI is not listed. Be aware of this when using generated citation tools.