Our Genres / Sub-Genres

These genre/sub-genre classifications are taken from the Book Industry Study Group’s Subject Heading List, known as the BISAC Subject Headings List, sometimes called the BISAC Subject Codes List. This is a standard used to categorize books based on topical content. The Subject Heading applied to a book can determine where the work is shelved in a brick and mortar store or the genre(s) under which it can be searched for in an internal database.

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.

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Poetry

POE000000 POETRY / General
POE007000 POETRY / African
POE005010 POETRY / American / General
POE005050 POETRY / American / African American
POE005060 POETRY / American / Asian American
POE005070 POETRY / American / Hispanic American
POE008000 POETRY / Ancient & Classical
POE001000 POETRY / Anthologies (multiple authors)
POE009000 POETRY / Asian / General
POE009010 POETRY / Asian / Chinese
POE009020 POETRY / Asian / Japanese
POE010000 POETRY / Australian & Oceanian
POE011000 POETRY / Canadian
POE012000 POETRY / Caribbean & Latin American
POE014000 POETRY / Epic
POE005030 POETRY / European / General
POE005020 POETRY / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
POE017000 POETRY / European / French
POE018000 POETRY / European / German
POE019000 POETRY / European / Italian
POE020000 POETRY / European / Spanish & Portuguese
POE021000 POETRY / Gay & Lesbian
POETRY / History & Criticism see LITERARY CRITICISM
/ Poetry
POE022000 POETRY / Medieval
POE013000 POETRY / Middle Eastern
POE015000 POETRY / Native American
POETRY / Nursery Rhymes see JUVENILE FICTION / Nursery Rhymes
POE016000 POETRY / Russian & Former Soviet Union
POE023000 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General
POE023010 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Death
POE003000 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Inspirational & Religious
POE023020 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Love
POE023030 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Nature
POE023040 POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places
POE024000 POETRY / Women Authors

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Fiction

FIC000000 FICTION / General
FIC002000 FICTION / Action & Adventure
FICTION / Adventure see Action & Adventure
FIC049000 FICTION / African American / General
FIC049010 FICTION / African American / Christian
FIC049020 FICTION / African American / Contemporary Women
FIC049030 FICTION / African American / Erotica
FIC049040 FICTION / African American / Historical
FIC049050 FICTION / African American / Mystery & Detective
FIC049070 FICTION / African American / Urban
FIC040000 FICTION / Alternative History
FIC053000 FICTION / Amish & Mennonite
FIC003000 FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)
FIC054000 FICTION / Asian American
FIC041000 FICTION / Biographical
FIC042000 FICTION / Christian / General
FIC042010 FICTION / Christian / Classic & Allegory
FIC042050 FICTION / Christian / Collections & Anthologies
FIC042080 FICTION / Christian / Fantasy
FIC042020 FICTION / Christian / Futuristic
FIC042030 FICTION / Christian / Historical
FIC042040 FICTION / Christian / Romance
FIC042060 FICTION / Christian / Suspense
FIC042070 FICTION / Christian / Western
FIC004000 FICTION / Classics
FIC043000 FICTION / Coming of Age
FIC044000 FICTION / Contemporary Women
FIC050000 FICTION / Crime
FIC051000 FICTION / Cultural Heritage
FIC055000 FICTION / Dystopian
FIC005000 FICTION / Erotica
FIC010000 FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
FIC045000 FICTION / Family Life
FICTION / Family Saga see Sagas
FIC009000 FICTION / Fantasy / General
FIC009040 FICTION / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
FIC009010 FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
FIC009070 FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy *
FIC009020 FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
FIC009030 FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
FIC009050 FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal
FIC009060 FICTION / Fantasy / Urban
FICTION / Folklore see Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
FIC011000 FICTION / Gay
FIC012000 FICTION / Ghost
FIC027040 FICTION / Gothic
FICTION / Graphic Novels see headings under COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
FIC056000 FICTION / Hispanic & Latino
FIC014000 FICTION / Historical
FIC058000 FICTION / Holidays *
FIC015000 FICTION / Horror
FIC016000 FICTION / Humorous
FIC046000 FICTION / Jewish
FIC034000 FICTION / Legal
FIC018000 FICTION / Lesbian
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC05700 FICTION / Mashups
FIC021000 FICTION / Media Tie-In
FIC035000 FICTION / Medical
FICTION / Metaphysical see Visionary & Metaphysical
FIC022000 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
FIC022050 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies
FIC022070 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy *
FIC022010 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
FIC022060 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
FIC022080 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime *
FIC022020 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
FIC022090 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators *
FIC022030 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional British
FIC022040 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
FICTION / Mythology see Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
FIC059000 FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal *
FIC024000 FICTION / Occult & Supernatural
FIC037000 FICTION / Political
FIC025000 FICTION / Psychological
FIC026000 FICTION / Religious
FIC027000 FICTION / Romance / General
FIC049060 FICTION / Romance / African American
FIC027080 FICTION / Romance / Collections & Anthologies
FIC027020 FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
FIC027010 FICTION / Romance / Erotica
FIC027030 FICTION / Romance / Fantasy
FIC027050 FICTION / Romance / Historical / General
FIC027140 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Ancient World *
FIC027150 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval *
FIC027070 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Regency
FIC027160 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Scottish *
FIC027170 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Victorian *
FIC027180 FICTION / Romance / Historical / Viking *
FIC027120 FICTION / Romance / Paranormal
FIC027130 FICTION / Romance / Science Fiction
FIC027110 FICTION / Romance / Suspense
FIC027090 FICTION / Romance / Time Travel
FIC027100 FICTION / Romance / Western
FIC008000 FICTION / Sagas
FIC052000 FICTION / Satire
FIC028000 FICTION / Science Fiction / General
FIC028010 FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
FIC028070 FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic *
FICTION / Science Fiction / Alternative History see Alternative History
FIC028040 FICTION / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
FIC028020 FICTION / Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction
FIC028050 FICTION / Science Fiction / Military
FIC028030 FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera
FIC028060 FICTION / Science Fiction / Steampunk
FIC028080 FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel *
FIC047000 FICTION / Sea Stories
FICTION / Short Stories (multiple authors) see Anthologies (multiple authors)
FIC029000 FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
FIC038000 FICTION / Sports
FICTION / Television Tie-in see Media Tie-In
FIC031000 FICTION / Thrillers / General
FIC031010 FICTION / Thrillers / Crime *
FIC006000 FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage
FIC031020 FICTION / Thrillers / Historical *
FIC031030 FICTION / Thrillers / Legal *
FIC031040 FICTION / Thrillers / Medical *
FIC031050 FICTION / Thrillers / Military *
FIC031060 FICTION / Thrillers / Political *
FIC030000 FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
FIC036000 FICTION / Thrillers / Technological
FIC048000 FICTION / Urban
FIC039000 FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical
FIC032000 FICTION / War & Military
FIC033000 FICTION / Westerns


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Non-Fiction

Biography & Autobiography

BIO000000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
BIO023000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / African American & Black see Cultural Heritage
BIO001000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
BIO003000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Business
BIO004000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
BIO024000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
BIO029000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Culinary
BIO002000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Doctors see Medical
BIO025000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
BIO019000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Educators
BIO005000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
BIO030000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Environmentalists & Naturalists
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Famous see Rich & Famous
BIO031000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Gay & Lesbian
BIO006000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Judges see Lawyers & Judges
BIO027000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Law Enforcement
BIO020000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Lawyers & Judges
BIO007000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
BIO017000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
BIO008000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Musicians see Composers & Musicians
BIO028000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Native Americans
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Nurses see Medical
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Performing Arts see Entertainment & Performing Arts
BIO026000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
BIO009000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Philosophers
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Photographers see Artists, Architects, Photographers
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Physicians see Medical
BIO010000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political
BIO011000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Psychologists see Social Scientists & Psychologists
BIO012000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Reference
BIO018000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious
BIO013000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Rich & Famous
BIO014000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty
BIO015000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
BIO032000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists *
BIO021000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Scientists & Psychologists
BIO016000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Surgeons see Medical
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Teachers see Educators
BIO022000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women

Literary Collections

LCO000000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / General
LCO001000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / African
LCO002000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / American / General
LCO002010 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / American / African American
LCO003000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Ancient & Classical
LCO004000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Asian / General
LCO004010 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Asian / Chinese
LCO004020 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Asian / Indic
LCO004030 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Asian / Japanese
LCO005000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Australian & Oceanian
LCO006000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian
LCO007000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Caribbean & Latin American
LCO015000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Diaries & Journals
LCO010000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
LCO008000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / General
LCO008010 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / Eastern (see also Russian & Former Soviet Union)
LCO009000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LCO008020 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / French
LCO008030 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / German
LCO008040 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / Italian
LCO008050 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / Scandinavian
LCO008060 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / Spanish & Portuguese
LCO016000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Gay & Lesbian
LCO011000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Letters
LCO017000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Medieval
LCO012000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Middle Eastern
LCO013000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Native American
LCO014000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Russian & Former Soviet Union
LCO018000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Speeches
LCO019000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Women Authors

Travel

TRV000000 TRAVEL / General
TRAVEL / Adventure see Special Interest / Adventure
TRV002000 TRAVEL / Africa / General
TRV002010 TRAVEL / Africa / Central
TRV002020 TRAVEL / Africa / East
TRV002030 TRAVEL / Africa / Kenya
TRV002040 TRAVEL / Africa / Morocco
TRV002050 TRAVEL / Africa / North
TRV002060 TRAVEL / Africa / Republic of South Africa
TRV002070 TRAVEL / Africa / South
TRV002080 TRAVEL / Africa / West
TRV029000 TRAVEL / Amusement & Theme Parks
TRAVEL / Antarctica see Polar Regions
TRV003000 TRAVEL / Asia / General
TRV003010 TRAVEL / Asia / Central
TRV003020 TRAVEL / Asia / China
TRV003030 TRAVEL / Asia / Far East
TRV003040 TRAVEL / Asia / India & South Asia
TRV003050 TRAVEL / Asia / Japan
TRV003060 TRAVEL / Asia / Southeast
TRV003070 TRAVEL / Asia / Southwest
TRV004000 TRAVEL / Australia & Oceania
TRV005000 TRAVEL / Bed & Breakfast
TRV033000 TRAVEL / Budget
TRAVEL / Campgrounds see Parks & Campgrounds
TRV006000 TRAVEL / Canada / General
TRV006010 TRAVEL / Canada / Atlantic Provinces (NB, NF, NS, PE)
TRV006020 TRAVEL / Canada / Ontario (ON)
TRV006030 TRAVEL / Canada / Prairie Provinces (MB, SK)
TRV006060 TRAVEL / Canada / Quebec (QC)
TRV006040 TRAVEL / Canada / Territories & Nunavut (NT, NU, YT)
TRV006050 TRAVEL / Canada / Western Provinces (AB, BC)
TRV007000 TRAVEL / Caribbean & West Indies
TRV008000 TRAVEL / Central America
TRV028000 TRAVEL / Cruises
TRV010000 TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
TRV009000 TRAVEL / Europe / General
TRV009010 TRAVEL / Europe / Austria
TRV009020 TRAVEL / Europe / Benelux Countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
TRV009160 TRAVEL / Europe / Cyprus *
TRV009030 TRAVEL / Europe / Denmark
TRV009040 TRAVEL / Europe / Eastern
TRV009050 TRAVEL / Europe / France
TRV009060 TRAVEL / Europe / Germany
TRV009070 TRAVEL / Europe / Great Britain
TRV009080 TRAVEL / Europe / Greece
TRV009090 TRAVEL / Europe / Iceland & Greenland
TRV009100 TRAVEL / Europe / Ireland
TRV009110 TRAVEL / Europe / Italy
TRV009120 TRAVEL / Europe / Scandinavia (Finland, Norway, Sweden)
TRV009130 TRAVEL / Europe / Spain & Portugal
TRV009140 TRAVEL / Europe / Switzerland
TRV009150 TRAVEL / Europe / Western
TRAVEL / Family Travel see Special Interest / Family
TRV012000 TRAVEL / Former Soviet Republics
TRV034000 TRAVEL / Hikes & Walks
TRV013000 TRAVEL / Hotels, Inns & Hostels
TRV027000 TRAVEL / Maps & Road Atlases (see also REFERENCE / Atlases, Gazetteers & Maps)
TRV014000 TRAVEL / Mexico
TRV015000 TRAVEL / Middle East / General
TRV015010 TRAVEL / Middle East / Egypt
TRV015020 TRAVEL / Middle East / Israel
TRV015030 TRAVEL / Middle East / Turkey
TRV016000 TRAVEL / Museums, Tours, Points of Interest
TRAVEL / National Parks see Parks & Campgrounds
TRAVEL / Oceania see Australia & Oceania
TRV018000 TRAVEL / Parks & Campgrounds
TRV019000 TRAVEL / Pictorials (see also PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Regional)
TRV020000 TRAVEL / Polar Regions
TRV035000 TRAVEL / Rail Travel *
TRV021000 TRAVEL / Reference
TRV030000 TRAVEL / Resorts & Spas
TRV022000 TRAVEL / Restaurants
TRV031000 TRAVEL / Road Travel
TRV023000 TRAVEL / Russia
TRV032000 TRAVEL / Shopping
TRV024000 TRAVEL / South America / General
TRV024010 TRAVEL / South America / Argentina
TRV024020 TRAVEL / South America / Brazil
TRV024030 TRAVEL / South America / Chile & Easter Island
TRV024040 TRAVEL / South America / Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
TRV024050 TRAVEL / South America / Peru
TRV026000 TRAVEL / Special Interest / General
TRV001000 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Adventure
TRV026010 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Business
TRV026020 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Ecotourism
TRV011000 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Family
TRV026070 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Gay & Lesbian
TRV026030 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Handicapped
TRV026090 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Literary
TRV026040 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Pets
TRV026060 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Religious
TRV026050 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Senior
TRV026080 TRAVEL / Special Interest / Sports
TRV025000 TRAVEL / United States / General
TRV025010 TRAVEL / United States / Midwest / General
TRV025020 TRAVEL / United States / Midwest / East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
TRV025030 TRAVEL / United States / Midwest / West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD)
TRV025040 TRAVEL / United States / Northeast / General
TRV025050 TRAVEL / United States / Northeast / Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)
TRV025060 TRAVEL / United States / Northeast / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
TRV025070 TRAVEL / United States / South / General
TRV025080 TRAVEL / United States / South / East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN)
TRV025090 TRAVEL / United States / South / South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
TRV025100 TRAVEL / United States / South / West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX)
TRV025110 TRAVEL / United States / West / General
TRV025120 TRAVEL / United States / West / Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)
TRV025130 TRAVEL / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
TRAVEL / West Indies see Caribbean & West Indies

True Crime

TRU000000 TRUE CRIME / General
TRU001000 TRUE CRIME / Espionage
TRU004000 TRUE CRIME / Hoaxes & Deceptions
TRU002000 TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
TRU002010 TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers
TRU003000 TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime
TRU005000 TRUE CRIME / White Collar Crime

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