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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 2019 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

REF035000     REFERENCE / Planners *

                      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. © 2019, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this list or any 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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