The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals has expanded its direct online access to full-text scholarly journal articles by taking advantage of coded links provided by selected publishers. These links, identified by a DOI (digital object identifier) are “names” assigned to “entities” for use on digital networks. Information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it, but its DOI name will not change.
The DOI System provides a framework for persistent identification, for managing intellectual content and metadata and for linking users with content suppliers. The DOI System is an ISO International Standard.
Within the Avery Index, DOIs, where supplied by journal publishers, will appear in citations as:
Access: -> urn:doi xx.xxxx/xxxxxxxxx or
DOI urn:doi xx.xxxx/xxxxxxxxx
the x’s being a unique numeric code applied to the article. Clicking on the urn:doi link will take the Index user to an E-Link that will provide direct access to the full-text article, either in pdf or html format. At present, the Avery Index on ProQuest is the most reliable provider of full-text access via the digital object identifier.
Some of the journal titles currently accessed by DOIs in the Avery Index are: Environment and Planning A, B, and D, Australian Planner, Vernacular Architecture, and London Journal.
–by Barbara Sykes-Austin, Avery Indexer/Reference Librarian