Wednesday, October 09, 2002

NLM Classification

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the availability of the 2002 edition of the National Library of Medicine Classification. Beginning with 2002 the NLM Classification is being published annually in electronic form only. Publication of printed editions ceased with the 5th revised edition, 1999.

The Index to the NLM Classification consists primarily of MeSH® concepts used in cataloging. It includes concepts first appearing in the latest edition of MeSH and other older concepts as warranted by literature cataloged. Schedule numbers are added or revised to reflect changes in the biomedical and related sciences.

The new online environment offers many advantages over print, including hyperlinks between terms and the MeSH Browser and class numbers; however, the biggest improvement will be in NLM's ability to keep the Classification current with changes in MeSH.

Christa F.B. Hoffmann
Head, Cataloging Section
Technical Services Division
National Library of Medicine
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Bethesda, MD 20894
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