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Library of Congress Demographic Group Term and Code List


List identifier: lcdgt


Term and Code List

The purpose of this list of demographic group terms and associated codes is to allow the demographic group(s) of the creators/contributors of a work or compilation, or the intended audience of a work or compilation, to be designated in bibliographic and authority records.

The demographic group codes are three-character lowercase alphabetic strings. They are derived from the first letter of the demographic group and two additional letters from the word(s) making up the demographic group.

Age group [age]
Use for the chronological age of the group members (e.g., infants, children, adults).

Educational level group [edu]
Use for the educational level of the group members (e.g., elementary school students, graduate students).

Ethnic/cultural group [eth]
Use for the ethnic or cultural identification of the group members (e.g., Sinhalese, Seneca Indians).  For ethnic and cultural groups that are also demonyms associated with a country, sub-national region or jurisdiction, or supra-national region, prefer Nationality/regional group.

Gender group [gdr]
Use for the gender of the group members.

Language group [lng]
Use for the language associated with the group members (e.g., English, Swahili).

Nationality/regional group [nat]
Use for the demonym related to a country, sub-national region or jurisdiction, or supra-national region that is associated with the group members (e.g., Argentinians, Bavarians, Europeans). For ethnic and cultural groups that are not also demonyms, prefer Ethnic/cultural group.

Occupational/field of activity group [occ]
Use for the activity or avocation associated with the group members (e.g., librarians, knitters)

Religious group [rel]
Use for the religion or denomination of the group members (e.g., Buddhists, Presbyterians)


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