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

Module 1—Subject Analysis Principles


  • Subject analysis applies to both indexing and cataloging
  • It deals with the conceptual analysis of an item
    • What is it about?
    • What is its form/genre/format?
  • What controlled subject terms translate into the identified concepts?

Cataloging vs. Indexing

  • Cataloging
    • Looks at the work as a whole to determine its overall content
    • Identifies terms that summarize the primary subject focus of the work
  • Indexing
    • Provides in-depth access to parts of items (chapters, articles, etc.)

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Last Reviewed: July 19, 2017