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

Module 6—Publication Types

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Publication Types

  • Publication type headings (PTs) are used to indicate what an item is, as opposed to what it is about
  • Publication types are listed in Category V of the MeSH trees
  • The complete list of publication types with scope notes can be found here.
  • Scope notes provide guidance as to when it is appropriate to use a particular publication type
  • A publication type must be applicable to at least 20% of the resource being cataloged
  • Multiple publication types may be assigned
    • If more than one publication type is appropriate, assign them in order of importance


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