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

Module 1—Subject Analysis Principles


  • Subject analysis is the identification of an item’s conceptual content
  • It is a two step process
    • Ascertaining the concepts or subjects
    • Translating those subjects into a particular controlled vocabulary
  • Consistency in determining “what something is about” leads to greater consistency in subject heading assignment


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Last Reviewed: May 4, 2017