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Library Resources: Health Services Administration: MeSH

HSA Research guide.

What Is MeSH?

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the National Library of Medicine's hierarchical controlled vocabulary of biomedical terminology used for indexing articles found in databases such as Medline, PubMedCINAHL, and Cochrane. MeSH reviewers read articles before they're entered into these databases and assign appropriate MeSH headings to each. MeSH terminology pulls together all articles on a concept including synonyms (e.g., myocardial infarction/heart attack) and allows for spelling variations (e.g.,estrogen/oestrogen).

See this tutorial for more information about MeSH headings.

Using MeSH in PubMed

Using MeSH in PubMed:

Using MeSH in Cochrane

Using MeSH in the Cochrane Library:


Using MeSH in ​CINAHL Plus with Full Text & MEDLINE with Full Text: