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


Pre-coordinated Descriptors vs. Multiple Descriptors

  • You have an item that is about the “glycogen content of the liver”
  • You might expect to have to use more than one descriptor to convey this concept, however a search of the phrase “glycogen liver” in the MeSH Browser retrieves the proper single MeSH heading: Liver Glycogen (be sure to click the “Find terms with ALL fragments” button)

Search

Screen capture of MeSH Browser showing how to search 'glycogen content of the liver'.


Search Results

Screen capture of MeSH Browser showing how search of the phrase “glycogen liver” in the MeSH Browser retrieves the proper single MeSH heading.


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