Access Date for Cited Work


The date on which the cited work was examined. This is a human-readable date; there has been no attempt to standardize the date format.


Some online resources are changing so quickly that a citation (<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.

Related Elements

The related element <time-stamp> is used to record a time stamp that was found on the resource when it was examined, not the date when the researcher examined the cited resource. The time stamp is applied to the resource by its creators, usually as a version indicator.

Model Information

Content Model

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


Text, numbers, or special characters, zero or more

This element may be contained in:

<citation> Citation; <related-article> Related Article Information; <related-object> Related Object Information

Tagged Example

<citation citation-type="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>
Available from: <ext-link ext-link-type="url" xlink:href="www.medtext.com/hdcn.htm">