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Crossref Tutorial

Tutorial to accompany the Crossref database.

Searching Crossref

Two search options are available on the Crossref website. 

  • Search site is for contributors to the Crossref database. It provides access to tutorials about registering your work.
  • Search metadata is for researchers looking for articles and their DOI links in the database of registered articles.

Crossref does not use advanced search features. All Crossref searches are keyword searches.

You can also search Crossref by:

  • Title
  • Author

*ORCID ID is a unique number assigned to an individual researcher. Just like the articles assigned a DOI number through Crossref, the ORCID ID is something that a published author needs to register for through a paid service. You can read more on the ORCID ID website

Search Results

Researchers can...

  • Sort results by:
    • Relevance
    • Publication year
  • Limit results to:
    • Type of publication
    • Year
    • Publication title
    • Publisher name
    • Funder name

Citation Help

Use the Actions menu from the search results screen to pull up a citation of your article:

Crossref search results action menu dropdown


The Actions menu shows the citation* in:

  • APA
  • Chicago
  • MLA

You can also extract citations in computer-generated code for easier import into bibliographic management systems.

*Citation features are not a replacement for instructions provided in the classroom.