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What is MeSH?

MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings.  

MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, used for indexing articles for the MEDLINE®/PubMED® database. 

Each article citation is associated with a set of MeSH terms that describe the content of the article.



How to Use MeSH

Use the MeSH Browser, an online vocabulary look-up aid, to build searches in PubMed. 

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For instance, if you want to search cancer of the jaw, finding the MeSH term will help you narrow down your results.  The actual MeSH term is "Jaw Neoplasms" and it is further subdivided into additional catagories.  Your term may fall under MULTIPLE categories, as in the example below.


You can also use additional subheadings or quantifiers to group together those citations about a particular aspect of a subject.

Check off the terms you want to search and send them to the PubMed search builder.  Click Search PubMed to complete the search.


MeSH Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine

This short tutorial is an introduction on how to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Introduction: What is MeSH?

MeSH Tips

-Remember to enter PubMed through the CSP link so you can have access to our subscriptions.

    -Be sure to look for the "Year Introduced" on a MeSH entry. Expand your search to include years not within this time period!