Medical Subject Headings

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Medical Subject Headings

A standard set of keyboarding terms used by the US National Library of Medicine to Index Medicus and Medline.
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Med·i·cal Sub·ject Head·ings

(MeSH) (med'i-kăl sŭb'jekt hed'ings)
A huge controlled vocabulary (or metadata system) for the purpose of indexing journal articles and books in the life sciences. Created and updated by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), it is used by the MEDLINE article database and by NLM's catalog of book holdings. MeSH can be browsed and downloaded free of charge on the Internet; a printed version is published once a year.
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Medical Subject Headings or simply MeSH are the controlled vocabulary used by Medline and other databases to classify and process the information stored in them.
The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications used Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) tools to further analyze search logs and created a ranked list of search terms organized by NLM's Medical Subject Heading (MESH) vocabulary (McCray, Loane, Browne, & Bangalore, 1999).
[13] MEDLINE classifies journal articles by a controlled vocabulary of medical subject headings (MeSH).
The 2018 Medical Subject Headings vocabulary was evaluated for inclusion in the Classification Index.
BrowZine uses a custom 3-tier taxonomy [2] of more than 1,200 terms based on several existing taxonomies: the National Academies' Taxonomy of Fields, the National Center for Education Statistics Classification of Instructional Programs, the Berkeley Press 2011 Taxonomy of Academic Programs, Library of Congress subject headings, and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
The hints included information on how to locate relevant reference books, books in the general collection, and appropriate Medical Subject Headings to apply to MEDLINE searches.
These include changing the Medical Subject Headings main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings.
Attached to these are subject heading or descriptor manuals--e.g., Library of Congress Subject Headings, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), or specific thesauri.
On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for a 90-minute Webinar covering several advanced concepts about the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching via PubMed.
Other search criteria include record date, publication year, and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) term search.

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