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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?


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Last Reviewed: June 22, 2017