Answered By: Andrew Willan
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2018     Views: 190

An accession number is a sequential number assigned to each record or item as it is added to a to a library collection or database and which indicates the chronological order of its acquisition.

Accession numbers are generally not required for referencing or citation purposes, the exception might be when there is insufficient bibliographic detail in a reference to identify it  eg.NNN Museum. (no date) Iron Age sword (Accession no. xyz/12345). 

For help with referencing see our Referencing Library Guide.

Please note you should always refer to any departmental/school guidelines you’ve been given.

For further information or assistance please contact your subject Liaison Librarian.


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