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MeSH is likely well known by anyone working in the Life Sciences and with Pubmed. As defined on Wikipedia
“Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is 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/PubMed article database and by NLM’s catalog of book holdings.
…The 2005 version of MeSH contains a total of 22,568 subject headings, also known as descriptors. Most of these are accompanied by a short definition, links to related descriptors, and a list of synonyms or very similar terms (known as entry terms). Because of these synonym lists, MeSH can also be viewed as a thesaurus.”
We are presently moving further into integration with Pubmed and as part of this move we have decided to integrate MeSH information and the structure level onto relevent record views. Now, when you visit a particular record where MeSH information is available, the data will be visible under the MeSH tab, open by default.
MeSH has been curated by a highly skilled team over a number of years. More information about MeSH can be found online. The contents of the MeSH table should be self-explanatory. Over the next few weeks watch as we do more with the integration of MeSH and Pubmed.Stumble it!