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

Module 3—Selecting the Main Concept

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Drugs and Chemicals

  • MeSH contains thousands of chemical terms, so it is likely that specific chemicals will be found by searching the MeSH Browser
  • In many cases the work being cataloged is describing the functional aspect of a chemical: as therapeutic or diagnostic agents; environmental pollutants; endogenous substances, etc.
  • In these cases, coordinate the chemical term with an appropriate Pharmacologic Action (PA) found in the MeSH record
  • For example, the peptide Viomycin, has three Pharmacologic Actions in the MeSH browser:
    • Anti-Bacterial Agents
    • Antibiotics, Antitubercular
    • Protein Synthesis Inhibitors
  • If your work is about the use of viomycin in the treatment of tuberculosis, coordinate Viomycin with Antibiotics, Antitubercular (as well as the disease term Tuberculosis or its specific types)
  • If your work is on use of viomycin in some context that is not represented by the existing Pharmacologic Actions, search the MeSH D27 tree and select the most appropriate term

Example of a Drug Record

Screen capture of MeSH Browser showing record display for Viomycin with a red   arrow pointing to Pharm. Action Antibiotics, Antitubercular.

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