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Cataloging and Metadata Management: Using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) in Cataloging

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Dates of Entry and Revision

  • Entry Date
    • Date when a term or record was first entered in the MeSH data entry system
    • May be a year behind the date when a descriptor becomes available for searching
  • Revision Date
    • Date when a record was last changed

Annotation

  • Information for indexers and catalogers concerning the proper use of the descriptor
    • Example
      • The record for Acromegaly has an annotation: coordinate with GROWTH HORMONE/secret in animals or HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE/secret in humans if pertinent

Scope Note

  • Information on the scope and meaning of a concept
    • Example
      • The record for Arthroplasty contains the scope note: Surgical reconstruction of a joint to relieve pain or restore motion

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