Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2019     Views: 12324

To search for an article by an Accession Number or Document ID you must know the specific database that issued that number. You might find the database name listed next to the Accession Number or Document ID in the citation.

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Searching by Accession Number or Document ID can be tricky and unreliable because:

  • these numbers are assigned by database companies and can change without warning

  • the same article may be in more than one database and will have a different accession number or document ID in each

  • database subscriptions change; that journal might no longer be in that database

  • you must already know which database(s) holds the article in full text to know where to search

It is more reliable to look up articles by title using Google Scholar. Learn how to search for articles in Google Scholar.

If you still need to search by accession number, you can use the following method:

  1. On the Library homepage, in the center of the page, click on Databases A-Z.
  2. Locate and click on the name of the database that has the article.
  3. Type the Accession number or Document ID into the database search box.
  4. In databases from EBSCO, change the Select a Field (optional) drop-down menu to AN Accession Number.

  5. Click Search. You should see the article as the only result or as a top result. If you do not, it is possible that you are not in the correct database or that the accession number is not correct. 


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