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

Module 8—Names or Work Titles as Subjects

Special Cases

  • When a work discusses a corporate body that has undergone name changes over time, generally assign only the heading used by the body during the latest period covered by the work being cataloged
    • For older works, the corporate heading may not be the same as the geographical which will always reflect the current place name
    • For example, a 1922 government report about a part of India that is now part of Pakistan would be assigned a MARC 651 of Pakistan for the current place but a MARC 610 for India, the jurisdiction

  • If the body was well known by an earlier name and that name is featured prominently as a subject of the work, assign the NAF heading for the earlier name as well

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