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ENG 107: College Writing (Blumenthal): Cite Sources: MLA

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What's a DOI?

DOI = Digital Object Identifier

This is a unique alphanumeric identifier assigned to some journal articles. It's becoming more common for journal articles in the sciences and social sciences. If you find a journal article that has as DOI, include that in an MLA 8th edition citation.

MLA, 8th edition example for an article found through a library database:

Cardanay, Audrey Berger. “Illustrating Motion, Music, and Story.” General Music Today, vol. 29, no. 3, 2016, pp. 25-29. Academic Search Premier, doi:10.1177/1048371315626498. 

No DOI? No sweat! Just cite it without a DOI. If it is an article you retrieved through a library database, you can include a permalink instead.

Cardanay, Audrey Berger. “Illustrating Motion, Music, and Story.” General Music Today, vol. 29, no. 3, 2016, pp. 25-29. Academic Search Premier, https://login.ezproxy-eres.up.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=113593410&login.asp?custid=s8474154&site=ehost-live&scope=site. 

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