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


Fragment Searching

  • If you want to search for “Psychological Feedback” and you select the Find Terms with ALL Fragments button, MeSH Browser inserts an “and” between your two terms and the result is two terms which contain both “feedback” and “psychological.” Clicking on either one of these terms will take you to the descriptor Feedback, Psychological. The outdented term is the descriptor while the indented term is an entry term

Screen capture of main MeSH Browser search screen with glycogen liver as the search term and a red arrow pointing to Find Terms with ALL Fragments.


  • If you perform the same search but select Find Terms with ALL Fragments, MeSH Browser inserts an “or” between the two terms

Search Results

  • The result is a long list of terms that contain either “feedback” or “psychological”

Screen capture of main MeSH Browser search screen with glycogen liver as the search term and a red arrow pointing to Find Terms with ALL Fragments.


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