This guide will help you learn more about using subject terms to improve your database research skills. This guide will focus on those used in medical resources (such as MeSH in PubMed and Emtree in Embase), though subject terms are used in many non-medical databases as well. The slideshow below offers an introduction to subject terms and the tabs for MeSH and Emtree go into more detail about those specific set of subject terms.
To get started view the slideshow introduction below and then review the tabs on the left.
Subject terms (sometimes called descriptors or subject headings) are used in research databases to help standardize terms to describe the content of articles and other resources. Compared to basic keywords, subject terms can help researchers find more relevant materials on a topic. Some of their features include:
Other Examples of Subject Terms: