Access Date for Cited Work

This is an element from older versions of this Tag Set (now replaced by the <date-in-citation> element using a @content-type attribute of “access-date”) that records the date on which the cited work was examined.


This element is an artifact, now used only within the <nlm-citation> element, which is deprecated in and after Version 3.0. Use of this element is therefore also deprecated.

Some online resources are changing so quickly that a citation to the resource is not complete without the date on which the cited resource was examined, since a day before or a day later, the relevant material might be different. The <date-in-citation> element is now used to record such information inside <mixed-citation> and <element-citation>s.


content-type Type of Content

Related Elements

Use <date-in-citation> to record information such as this inside a <element-citation> or <mixed-citation>.

Content Model

<!ELEMENT  access-date  (#PCDATA %access-date-elements;)*            >

Expanded Content Model

(#PCDATA | day | month | season | year | x)*


Any combination of:

This element may be contained in:



Used only in <nlm-citation>, an element-style bibliographic reference:

<nlm-citation publication-format="web">
<source>Hypertension, Dialysis &amp; Clinical
Nephrology [Internet]</source>
<access-date>cited 2001 Mar 8</access-date>
<publisher-loc>Hinsdale (IL)</publisher-loc>
<publisher-name>Medtext, Inc.</publisher-name>
<comment>Available from: <ext-link ext-link-type="url"