Appraisal of: Kahn TJ, Ninomiya H. Changing vocabularies: A guide to help bioethics searchers find relevant literature in National Library of Medicine databases using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) indexing vocabulary. Kennedy Inst Ethics J 2003; 13

Short description: 

The aim of the publications is to present a vocabulary on bioethics as part of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) catalog provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Washington (DC). The purpose of the authors is to help researchers to find publications on bioethics and related topics in MEDLINE/PubMed, LOCATORplus and other NLM’s Gateway system databases.

The publications provide information on the subset of keywords in bioethics as well as a list of the Bioethics Thesaurus Keywords and MeSH equivalents. Information is presented on how to use the subset “bioethics”, how to find publications by entering MeSH Headings and free-text queries in MEDLINE/PubMed, and when to use the MeSH Subheading “Ethics”. As well guidance on how to access and use the LOCATORplus database and limiting the retrieval results to bioethics-related publications, searching with MeSH Headings and free text queries is given. 

The 2003 publication has been extended in 2005.

Limitations stated by the author(s): 

No limitations are stated.

Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 
Some modifications were undertaken since 2005 in MEDLINE/PubMed. NLM Gateway now features the databases Meeting Abstracts and Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) only.