Subject Indexes and Medical Research – What to Know

Research | March 14, 2019

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Subject indexes are a vital component for medical research. Learn how subject indexes can help improve relevancy in a discovery service.

One of the main goals of a discovery platform is to connect medical researchers with the most relevant content for their search. Subject indexes in discovery can help achieve this.

Improves Relevancy

One of the main goals of a discovery platform is to connect users with the most relevant content for their research; subject indexes in discovery can help improve relevancy. Subject indexes contain highly detailed, controlled vocabularies, linking concepts with different terminology. A discovery platform like EBSCO Discovery Service Health™ includes complex mapping technology to connect and leverage controlled vocabulary (including MeSH), delivering the most relevant medical information to users.

To deliver depth to the content that is available in a discovery platform, partnering and implementing top subject indexes in discovery brings content to the next level.

Provides Quality

Subject indexes in discovery are only as good as their quality. A discovery service should utilize subject matter experts who perform quality checks on new topical subject headings for accuracy and appropriateness. In addition, continuous evaluation of indexing procedures and processes helps to avoid duplication or misspellings in subject headings, ultimately providing the best quality search experience in the discovery platform.

Delivers Depth

To deliver depth to the content that is available in a discovery platform, partnering and implementing top subject indexes in discovery brings content to the next level. Whether it is CINHAL, Clarivate Analytics, the National Library of Medicine or the American Psychological Association, you can rest assured knowing that your library end-users are exploring an unmatched breadth of content.

When it comes to improving relevancy, providing quality and content depth, subject indexes in discovery is the best path to improving research.

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EBSCO Discovery Service Health™ from EBSCO on Vimeo.

 

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