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Cataloging: Using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) in Cataloging

Module 3—Selecting the Main Concept

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Pre-Coordinated Terms vs. Subheadings

  • To convey the concept of surgery of the liver you would need to use the main heading Liver plus the subheading surgery
  • To convey the concept of surgery of the biliary tract you would use the precoordinated heading Biliary Tract Surgical Procedures

Pre-coordinated Terms vs. Multiple Main Headings

  • Multiple headings may be needed to convey a concept
    • For the concept of “research in occupational therapy” you would use two headings:
           Occupational Therapy
           Research
    • However, for the concept of “research in nursing” you use only the pre-coordinated heading:
           Nursing Research


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