Medical Subject Headings 2014 Preview

Q: What do the following have in common?

  • Bland White Garland Syndrome
  • Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Long-Chain-3-Hydroxyacyl-CoA Dehydrogenase
  • Mindfulness

A: They’ve all new entries in the 2014 edition of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), the thesaurus developed by the National Library of Medicine and used to describe (index) publication content in biomedicine and the health sciences. The list of terms (currently over 26,000 entries) undergoes constant revision to reflect current topics and language usage in the literature. View a complete list of new subject headings for 2014.

If you’ve used PubMed or Ovid to search the MEDLINE database, you’re probably encountered MeSH headings but you may not know how they can be used to refine your search strategies. Learn more about MeSH or request a consultation with a Reference Librarian to help you take advantage of MeSH to improve your research.

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