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

Module 4— Descriptors: Selecting the Main Concept(s)


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 “ALL fragments” button)

Search and Results

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



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