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

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Adjusting Records

  • If your library prefers pre-coordinated subject strings and you import a record with deconstructed headings:
    • First take data from the 651 $a and append it as a $z to each subject heading in the 650 field
    • Take the data from the 655 $a and append it as $v to each 650 field, unless the 650 contains a $9
      • If the 655 is Legislation or Statistics see the exceptions spelled out in the previous slides
    • Delete the 651 and 655 fields from the record
  • If your library prefers deconstructed headings and you import a record with pre-coordinated strings
    • Create a 651 field for each unique $z in the 650
    • Create a 655 field for each unique $v in the 650
    • Delete the $z, $v from each 650 field
    • Delete any $x at the end of a 650 string that is a language term

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