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BISAC Subject Headings List, Reference

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If you need more information on how to select a BISAC code go to our, we have a page that walks you through the process. 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 Suggestion 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 2018 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


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

Please note that the BISAC Subject Headings List is governed by the following copyright notice. © 2018, 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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