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Midwifery and Childbirth

This guide provides access to resources in Midwifery and other areas of Health Care, including related disciplines

Midwifery, Childbirth, and Related Databases

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Use this search box to find articles from journals, magazines, trade publications and newspapers.  For a more focused search, use the specialized Midwifery and Childbirth databases listed above.

Tutorials for Health Care, Midwifery and Childbirth Databases

What are MeSH Headings?

MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings and is the controlled vocabulary that helps to organize the citations found within the MEDLINE and CINAHL databases.  MeSH can be used within MEDLINE and CINAHL to assist users in finding the appropriate terms for their search.

MeSH reviewers read articles before they go into MEDLINE and assign the appropriate MeSH subject headings to each article.  These subject headings are from a pre-set list (or vocabulary). MeSH applies one term to a collection of concepts - even if that exact term is not used in the article.

​Example of MeSH in action:

Let’s say your topic is “how different cultures view a particular medical procedure”.  If you search the word Culture in MEDLINE without using MeSH, you get articles about tissue culture, petri-dish cultures, etc.  MeSH requires that you choose one (or more) subject heading related to culture. So you would choose ethnography and not organizational culture or tissue culture.


Example: MeSH Subject Headings for "Culture" 

Example of MeSH headings for Culture


With MeSH you search one concept at a time.

MeSH and databases like MEDLINE and CINAHL works best when you search one MeSH keyword at a time and combine them. After you have found all your MeSH headings, go to your search history and combine your headings with AND. Combining the two searches means that you'll get articles in which both of your headings are the major topics (Culture AND Stroke Rehabilitation).


Example: Combine MeSH headings in search history (MEDLINE)


Example of Search History in Medline and combining terms with AND