Synonyms to MeSH Terms
Hint: if you are spending hours looking for articles, you are not doing it right. Contact the librarian. (You are not bugging her! She LOVES helping students find articles!)
Using your primary keywords and synonyms to look up MeSH terms will recommend words you should use in EBSCO or Ovid for better search results. Look at the chart to view the appropriate MeSH terms one should use that are derived from the keywords and synonyms in the original question that was posed on the previous page.
|Psychotherapy||Animal Assisted Therapy, Aromatherapy, Art Therapy, Autogenic Training, Behavior Therapy, etc.|
|Therapy||Therapeutics, Therapeutic, Treatment, Treatments|
|Counseling||Counselor, Counselors, Directive Counseling, Pastoral Care, Sex Counseling|
|Post-Partum Depression||Depression, Postpartum|
|Adolescents||Adolescent, Adolescents, Female Adolescents, Teen, Teenager, Youth, Youths, Adolescence, etc.|
Looking at the chart above shows that there are some keywords we created that would not net many results, as they are not proper MeSH terms (PPD, Perinatal Depression, Prenatal Depression, and Baby Blues). This doesn't mean that there are NO articles with these MeSH terms, but using the right terms will help you find better results at a faster rate.
Conclusion: If you find the correct MeSH terms first, you WILL save time finding articles.
MeSH Terminology 101
You have your keywords and your synonyms. Now what?
- Now you have to see which of your keywords/synonyms are proper MeSH terms.
What is MeSH?
MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. It stands for "Medical Subject Heading". It consists of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity. Basically, if the word is not a proper descriptor in the controlled thesaurus, you're going to have a harder time finding accurate articles!
How to find MeSH Terms ResU Tutorial
Still not sure how to find a MeSH term? View the tutorial below that Liesl created specifically for ResU students!