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MeSH indexes and indexed fields

Find the numeric and text indexes available, including fields and subfields indexed, in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) file.

About authority file indexing

  • How you specify the desired index varies with the search method you use. When searching from the basic search box, you must type the index label followed by a colon (:).
  • For searching, the fields below are indexed by individual word.

MeSH numeric indexes

Index (label) MARC fields indexed
Control Number (ar:) 001
019

MeSH text indexes

Index (label) MARC fields indexed MARC subfields indexed (keyword search)
Geographic Name (ge:) 151, 451, 551 a g v x y z
181, 481, 581, 781 v x y z
Geographic Phrase (ge=) 151, 451, 551 a g v x y z
181, 481, 581, 781 v x y z
Keyword (kw:) All variable fields  All subfields
LC Corporate/Conference Name (co:[1] 046 q r
110, 410, 510 a b c d e g i n
111, 411, 511 a c d e g i j n q
151, 451, 551 a
LC Personal Name (pn:[1] 046 f g
100, 400, 500 a b c d e g i j q
LC Title (ti:[1] 031 d t
100, 400, 500 f g h k l m n o p r s t
110, 410, 510 d f g h k l n o p s t
111, 411, 511 d f g h k l n p s t
130, 430, 530 a d f g h k l m n o p r s t
Notes (nt:) 663 a b t 6 8
664 a b t
665, 666, 667, 675, 688 a
670, 678 a b u
680, 681, 682 a i
Publication Type (ge:) 155, 455, 555, 755 a v x y z
Publication Type Phrase (ge=) 155, 455, 555, 755 a v x y z
Subdivision Heading (sb:) 180, 480, 580, 780 v x y z
181, 481, 581, 781 v x y z
182, 482, 582, 782 v x y z
185, 485, 585, 785 v x y z
Subdivision Phrase (sb=) 180, 480, 580, 780 v x y z
181, 481, 581, 781 v x y z
182, 482, 582, 782 v x y z
185, 485, 585, 785 v x y z
Subject Phrase (su=) 150, 450, 550 a b g v x y z
Topical (sp:) 150, 450, 550 a b g v x y z
Table Note [1] In Record Manager, the MeSH index drop-down menu includes the Library of Congress authority files for Personal Names, Corporate/Conference Names, and Titles. They are included as points of access without having to leave the MeSH search. MeSH indexes do not cross-reference LC records.