As outlined in the box below, Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] work well in pulling together synonyms for a concept or term.
However MeSH terms may not be available for newer concepts and many nonmedical terms. They also do not find articles, generally 6 months or newer, that have not yet been assigned MeSH headings.
MeSH terms are invaluable when one first searches for words and phrases and finds hundreds if not thousands of results.
MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary.
When searching for a MeSH term (as Heart), the results will include
Refine a search through these options
Example of a Detailed MeSH Search:
PubMed can be searched directly with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). For more information on this option, see the LibGude section Using PubMed (including MeSH) .
Alternatively PubMed may be searched with MeSH tools including