Source Item Call Number

Requirement Level: Required if Applicable

Core Element: Yes

Describes: Original Source


Local call number or accession number for the original source object, if applicable. Provides guidance for locating the original/physical item, especially for digitized source materials. May also identify sources for additional/richer metadata if the source material has been cataloged previously. This field should be used in conjunction with Source Collection and Institution.


Manuscript collection MSS1061
University Archives collection SERIES250
Digitized book PZ3 .C378 P64 1858

Mappings and Encoding

Dublin Core: 


See recommended mappings for additional standards.

How Do I Fill This In?



Recommended Data Entry Type:

Free-text entry

Recommended/default values:

This information should be transcribed from the source object’s MARC item record, if the item is cataloged.  For cataloged material, the call number may be found in the item or holding record for the collection/book. In Emory’s Primo discoverE system, the call number can be found using the Locations/Call Number tab for the record.


What is a call number? What is an acccession number?

A call number (used by libraries) is a unique alphanumeric identifier that indicates the location and in some cases, also reflects the subject matter of the material. Call numbers often follow the Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal System conventions.

Accession numbers (often used by archives and museums) also provide unique identifiers for an item and follow an alphanumeric convention, but are usually locally-generated and follow a locally established convention.

Guideline last revised: 2015-02-16