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

Module 7—Publication Characteristics


Special Instructions

  • Case Reports
    • Use for reports of clinical cases in connection with diseases or medical specialties, as well as for single case reports in clinical medicine. It is also assigned in addition to Problems and Exercises to works containing fictional cases used for exam preparation. Do not use Case Reports for institutional case reports. Use instead the MeSH topical heading Organizational Case Studies

  • Catalogs
    • Use for works consisting of lists of items arranged in some definite order, which describe the resources of a collection, including the holdings of a library, items in a museum, etc. Catalogs also include lists of materials prepared for a particular purpose, such as exhibition catalogs, sales catalogs, medical supply catalogs, etc.

  • Collected Works
    • Use for collections of articles that are identified as having been previously published in one or more sources

  • Collections
    • Use for works that are actual collections of objects. Collections is rarely appropriate for modern materials, but would be used for things in archives, special collections, etc.


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