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


  • Information for indexers and catalogers concerning the proper use of the descriptor
    • Example
      • The record for Acromegaly has an annotation: coordinate with GROWTH HORMONE/secret in animals or HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE/secret in humans if pertinent

Scope Note

  • Information on the scope and meaning of a descriptor
    • Example
      • The record for Arthroplasty contains the scope note: Surgical reconstruction of a joint to relieve pain or restore motion

Pharmacological Action

  • Reference to a descriptor describing the functional aspect of a chemical which is often coordinated with the chemical
    • Example
      • Aspirin can be used to treat inflammation, dissolve blood clots, or prevent aggregation of blood platelets so the record contains references to Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal, Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors, Fibrinolytic Agents, and Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors