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

Descriptor Records

  • Descriptor records always contain
    • MeSH Heading
    • Tree Number
    • Allowable Qualifiers (if applicable)
    • Dates of Entry
    • Unique ID
  • Descriptor records may also contain
    • Annotation
    • Scope Note
    • History Note
    • Online Note
    • Previous Indexing
    • Pharmacological Action
    • Entry Terms
    • See Also
    • Consider Also
    • Entry Combinations
    • CAS Type 1 Name
    • Registry Number
    • Related Number
    • Entry Version

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