The Availability of MeSH in Vendor-Supplied Cataloguing Records, as Seen Through the Catalogue of a Canadian Academic Health Library

Morgan, Pamela (2007) The Availability of MeSH in Vendor-Supplied Cataloguing Records, as Seen Through the Catalogue of a Canadian Academic Health Library. Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 2 (2). ISSN 1911-9593

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Abstract

This study examines the prevalence of medical subject headings in vendor-supplied cataloguing records for publications contained within aggregated databases or publisher collections. In the first phase, the catalogue of one Canadian academic medical library was examined to determine the extent to which medical subject headings (MeSH) are available in the vendor-supplied records. In the second phase, these results were compared to the catalogues of other Canadian academic medical libraries in order to reach a generalization regarding the availability of MeSH headings for electronic resources. MeSH was more widespread in records for electronic journals but was noticeably lacking in records for electronic monographs, and for Canadian publications. There is no standard for ensuring MeSH are assigned to monograph records for health titles and there is no library in Canada with responsibility for ensuring that Canadian health publications receive Medical Subject Headings. It is incumbent upon libraries using MeSH to ensure that vendors are aware of this need when purchasing record sets.


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Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/163
Item ID: 163
Keywords: Subject headings, Full-text databases, MARC records, Outsourcing, Electronic journals
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Memorial University Libraries
Date: 2007
Date Type: Publication
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Z665 Library Science. Information Science

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