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

MeSH Browser

  • Geographic terms are all found in the Z tree of MeSH
  • Only terms found in MeSH may be used
  • Use terms in direct order, exactly as they appear in the MeSH browser
  • Assign the most specific term(s) available

Rule of Three

  • In general, use a maximum of three geographic headings on a catalog record
  • If four or more headings appear to be relevant try to go up the tree to find a more general term
    • Example: The work is discussing Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Go up the tree from the specific state names and use
    • 651 _2 $a Southeastern United States