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

Module 2— Descriptor Records


Details Tab for Descriptor Records


Descriptor records contain the following fields:

  • Descriptor records always contain:
    • MeSH Heading
    • Tree Number(s)
    • Unique ID
    • Date Established
    • Date of Entry
  • Descriptor records may also contain:
    • Annotation
    • Scope Note
    • Entry Version
    • Entry Term(s)
    • See Also
    • Consider Also
    • Pharm Action
    • Registry Number
    • Related Numbers
    • CAS Type 1 Name
    • NLM Classification #
    • Previous Indexing
    • Public MeSH Note
    • History Note
    • Entry Combinations
    • Revision Date

Detailed information on selected fields of a MeSH record are provided on the next few pages. Additional information on specific fields can be found at XML MeSH Data Elements


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