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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 2018 Edition.

REFERENCE

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

 

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

 

REFERENCE / Indexes see Bibliographies & Indexes

 

REF015000 REFERENCE / Personal & Practical Guides

 

REF033000 REFERENCE / Personal & Private Investigations

 

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

 

  REFERENCE / Publishing see LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Publishers & Publishing Industry

 

REF018000 REFERENCE / Questions & Answers

 

REF019000 REFERENCE / Quotations

 

REF020000 REFERENCE / Research

 

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

 

REF034000 REFERENCE / Signs & Symbols

 

REF031000 REFERENCE / Survival & Emergency Preparedness

 

  REFERENCE / Synonyms & Antonyms see Thesauri

 

REF022000 REFERENCE / Thesauri

 

REF023000 REFERENCE / Trivia

 

REF024000 REFERENCE / Weddings

 

REF025000 REFERENCE / Word Lists

 

REFERENCE / Writing Skills see headings under LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES *

 

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

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