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BISAC Subject Headings List, Reference
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Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2015 Edition.


Use subjects in this section for works of a general nature or for works about the topics found in this section (note that there is a subheading "Reference" in most other sections and some sections also have a subheading "Dictionaries & Terminology").

Subjects in this section may be used with those in other sections for reference works on topics not found in this section, but it is recommended that topical subjects be assigned first: for example, a bibliography of medical books could be assigned "MEDICAL / Reference" and "REFERENCE / Bibliographies & Indexes"; a bibliography of books about pediatrics could be assigned "MEDICAL / Pediatrics", "MEDICAL / Reference" and "REFERENCE / Bibliographies & Indexes".

REF000000 REFERENCE / General

REF001000 REFERENCE / Almanacs

REFERENCE / Annuals see Yearbooks & Annuals

REF002000 REFERENCE / Atlases, Gazetteers & Maps (see alsoTRAVEL / Maps & Road Atlases)

REFERENCE / Basic Skills see Personal & Practical Guides

REFERENCE / Biographical DictionariesseeBIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Reference

REF004000 REFERENCE / Bibliographies & Indexes

REFERENCE / Business Skills see BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Skills

REF006000 REFERENCE / Catalogs

REF030000 REFERENCE / Consumer Guides

REF007000 REFERENCE / Curiosities & Wonders

REF008000 REFERENCE / Dictionaries

REF009000 REFERENCE / Directories

REF010000 REFERENCE / Encyclopedias

REF011000 REFERENCE / Etiquette

REFERENCE / Etymology see LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology

REF032000 REFERENCE / Event Planning *

REF013000 REFERENCE / Genealogy & Heraldry

REF028000 REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals

REFERENCE / Indexes see Bibliographies & Indexes

REF015000 REFERENCE / Personal & Practical Guides

REFERENCE / Public Speaking see LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Public Speaking


REF018000 REFERENCE / Questions & Answers

REF019000 REFERENCE / Quotations

REF020000 REFERENCE / Research

REFERENCE / Secretarial Aids & Training see BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Secretarial Aids & Training

REF031000 REFERENCE / Survival & Emergency Preparedness

REFERENCE / Synonyms & Antonyms see Thesauri

REF022000 REFERENCE / Thesauri

REF023000 REFERENCE / Trivia

REF024000 REFERENCE / Weddings

REF025000 REFERENCE / Word Lists

REF026000 REFERENCE / Writing Skills

REF027000 REFERENCE / Yearbooks & Annuals


If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2015, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the attached documents may be distributed or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.


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