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MARC Genre Term List


List identifier: marcgt


Term List

This list includes terms that describe general categories, or genres that may be applied to various types of information resources. It has been compiled from controlled lists of values in various data elements in the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data. In some cases there are slight revisions to the term (e.g., MARC "updating web site" is listed here as "web site" to be more generic; MARC "essays" is listed here as "essay" to agree with other values).

abstract or summary
art original
art reproduction
article
atlas
autobiography
bibliography
biography
book
calendar
catalog
chart
comic or graphic novel
comic strip
conference publication
database
dictionary
diorama
directory
discography
drama
encyclopedia
essay
festschrift
fiction
filmography
filmstrip
finding aid
flash card
folktale
font
game
government publication
graphic
globe
handbook
history
hymnal
humor, satire
index
instruction
interview
issue
journal
kit
language instruction
law report or digest
legal article
legal case and case notes
legislation
letter
loose-leaf
map
memoir
microscope slide
model
motion picture
multivolume monograph
newspaper
novel
numeric data
offprint
online system or service
patent
periodical
picture
poetry
programmed text
realia
rehearsal
remote sensing image
reporting
review
script
series
short story
slide
sound
speech
standard or specification
statistics
survey of literature
technical drawing
technical report
thesis
toy
transparency
treaty
videorecording
web site
yearbook


Related Data Elements in MARC

The following are MARC data elements that have controlled values that are contained on the list:

Data element Description of data element Material type
008/21 Type of continuing resource Continuing resources
008/24 Nature of contents Books, Continuing resources
008/25 Type of cartographic material Maps
008/26 Type of computer file Computer files
008/28 Government publication Books, Computer files, Continuing resources, Maps, Visual materials
008/29 Conference publication Books, Continuing resources
008/30 Festschrift Books
008/30-31 Literary text for sound recordings Music
008/33 Literary form Books
008/33 Type of visual material Visual Materials
008/34 Biography Books
007/01 Specific material designation Maps

The MARC to MODS mapping provides a correspondence between specific MARC codes and terms on the list.


List Maintenance

The Library of Congress is the maintenance agency for this value list. Questions and requests for information should be sent to: Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4402; Fax: +1-202-707-0115; Internet: [email protected]. Requests for additions to the value list should include an explanation and justification.

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