The Library of Congress interprets "a name that is general in nature" in the rule as follows:

1. National-level bodies. If the body is at the national-level of government, consider that the name is "general"-and enter it subordinately-if its names lacks distinctive elements of the following types:

image\POINT_BL.gif proper nouns or adjectives;

image\POINT_BL.gif subject words; or

image\POINT_BL.gif the term "national," or "state" (meaning "national"), or equivalents in foreign languages.

Enter the names of all other national-level bodies independently.

image\POINT_BL.gif Population Research Center

image\POINT_BL.gif Nuclear Energy Library

image\POINT_BL.gif Technical Laboratory of Oceanographic Research

image\POINT_BL.gif National Institutes of Health

Note: Prior to 1989, headings for names of national-level bodies consisting solely of a general phrase plus the term "national" or "state" (or their equivalents) were entered subordinately; such headings are revised when they are needed in post-1988 cataloging.

2. Bodies below the national level. If the body is below the national level and its name does not fall into any other type under 24.18, enter it under the heading for the government unless either the name of the government is stated explicitly or is implied in the wording of the name or the name contains some other element tending to guarantee uniqueness (usually a proper noun or adjective). (If variant forms in the boy’s usage make it unclear as to whether the name includes the name of the government, do not treat the name of the government as part of the name of the body.) In case of doubt as to whether the name of a body below the national level fits the criterion for subordinate entry, enter it subordinately.


If according to these instructions, the body is entered under its own name, generally, add the name of the government as a qualifier unless this name or an understandable surrogate is already present in the body’s name (cf. LCRI 24.4C).

See also:

24.18. Government Agencies Entered Subordinately