Character position definition and scope:

A one-character code that indicates whether the subject heading system/thesaurus used to formulate the 1XX heading provides for subdividing the heading by the name of a country or other jurisdiction, region, or geographic feature.  If the heading may be subdivided geographically, the 008/06 code identifies whether the direct or indirect method of subdivision is used.  In an extended subject heading, 008/06 coding is based on the entire heading, including the subject subdivisions.

Code # (blank), d, or i is used when the 1XX heading is appropriate for use as either a lead element or as a subject subdivision of a subject access entry in bibliographic records.  Code n is used when the 1XX heading is not appropriate for subject access in bibliographic records.  The fill character ( | ) is used when no attempt has been made to code this 008 position.

National Level Requirement for character position 008/06 and the codes below is Optional.

Guidelines for applying content designators:




Not subdivided geographically


Subdivided geographically - direct


Subdivided geographically - indirect


Not applicable


No attempt to code

LC Guidelines:

 008/06  Direct or indirect geographic subdivision

For information on other 008 character positions, see:

008  Fixed-Length Data Elements

See also:

Variable Control Fields