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

Module 8—Names or Work Titles as Subjects


Biographies

  • When cataloging a biography, assign a MeSH descriptor for the appropriate class of persons or specialty, as well as a subject heading for the personal name of the biographee
  • If the work is a collective biography, generally do not provide personal name subject access if more than three people are covered
  • Also add the publication characteristic Biography (Cf. Module 7—Publication Characteristics)
  • Use the publication characteristic Autobiography if the work is an autobiography. Use Personal Narratives for self-described accounts on specific topics and for personal reminiscences on specific topics

Biography examples

  • For a book titled: "Bettelheim : Living and Dying" use:
    • 600 12 Bettelheim, Bruno
    • 650 12 Psychoanalysis
    • 655 _2 Biography

  • For a book titled: "The Great Irish Clinicians of the 19th Century" use:
    • 650 12 Physicians
    • 650 22 History, 19th Century
    • 651 _2 Ireland
    • 655 _2 Biography

  • For the book: "Jailhouse Journal of an OB/GYN" by Bruce S. Steir use:
    • 600 12 Steir, Bruce S.
    • 655 _2 Personal Narratives
    • 650 22 Prisoners
    • 655 _2 Personal Narratives
      • Note: Depending on the scope of the book, it may also be appropriate to add 650 22 Obstetrics

  • For a book titled: " Breaking ground : my life in medicine" by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan use:
    • 650 12 Physicians
    • 650 22 African Americans ‡x history
    • 650 22 History, 20th Century
    • 650 22 History, 21st Century
    • 651 _2 United States
    • 655 _2 Autobiography




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