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BISAC Subject Headings List, Reference
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If you can't find the code you're looking for please go back and review other Major Subjects to find an alternate code or use our Contact Form to suggest revisions to the next version of the list.

Step 2: Determine the specific term which describes your book. An asterisk (*) denotes a heading that is new for the 2016 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 also TRAVEL / Maps & Road Atlases)

                     REFERENCE / Basic Skills see Personal & Practical Guides

                     REFERENCE / Biographical Dictionaries see BIOGRAPHY & 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

                     REFERENCE / Publishing see LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Publishing

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. © 2016, 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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