Learn CAMH Library: MeSH Terms update for 2015

Published on January 5th, 2015 | from CAMH Education

Changes to PubMed/Medline MeSH Terms For 2015!

By Sarah Bonato, Reference/Research Librarian, CAMH Library

This new year brings us new MeSH terms!

  • Every year the National Library of Medicine adds new MeSH terms and replaces older outdated terms with updated ones
  •  310 new MeSH terms were added, 25 MeSH terms were replaced with updated terminology and 4 MeSH terms were retired
  • Some new MeSH terms are Craving, Culturally Competent Care, Electronic Cigarettes, Ethnic Cleansing, Grounded Theory, Raw Foods,  Rainforest, TundraSocial Skills and Xenophobia, along long with many more!
  • For more info on what’s new for MeSH, go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/nd14/nd14_mesh.html
Don’t know MUCH about MeSH?
  • MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings
  • The National Library of Medicine uses MeSH to index the 5,642 journals covered by PubMed/Medline
  • MeSH provides users with a controlled vocabulary to search for articles on specific topics
  • Need a good way to remember MeSH? Just think MeSH=More Exact Search Hits
  • Because when you search using MeSH you are using terms that have been preselected to describe a subject so ALL of the research on that topic can be easily found. Medicine has many words for the same topic and MeSH terms uses a single word or phrase so you can find all of the material that is available on a particular topic. For example, a search using the MeSH term Child Abuse will find articles on Abused Children, Child Neglect and Child Maltreatment

To learn EVEN MORE about MeSH go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/mesh.html

And stay tuned for more upcoming posts on MeSH and searching tips for PubMed/Medline




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