Introduction

Genre/Form Code and Term Sources contains a list of sources of terms and/or codes indicating the genre, form, and/or physical characteristics of the materials being described in bibliographic records and assigns a code to each source.  Sources include lists that contain the following types of information:

content types that indicate the form of communication through which a work is expressed.  Examples include cartographic dataset, notated music, or text.

media types that specify the general type of intermediation device required to view, play, run, etc., the content of a resource audio, stereographic, or video.

carrier types that specify the format of the storage medium and housing of a resource.  Examples include audiocassette, microfiche, or online resource.

genre types designate the style or technique of the intellectual content of textual materials or, for graphic materials, aspects such as vantage point, intended purpose, characteristics of the creator, publication status, or method of representation.  Examples are biographies, catechisms, essays, hymns, or reviews.

form and physical characteristic types designate historically and functionally specific kinds of materials distinguished by their physical character, the subject of their intellectual content, or the order of information within them.  Examples are daybooks, diaries, directories, journals, memoranda, questionnaires, syllabi, or time sheets.

The purpose of this list is to identify the vocabulary used in records.  For code assignment, general structure, usage, and maintenance guidelines see Introduction.

Note:  Many general subject lists and thesauri, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, also contain controlled vocabularies for specifying genre/forms.  Thus those general sources may also be used in usage elements identified for genre/form terms, with the appropriate source code (see Subject Heading and Term Source Codes).  Only sources that are specific for genre/form are listed here.

Arrangement of the list

Entries in the list are arranged in alphabetical order by the code and consist of the source code followed by the bibliographic citation for the source documentation.  The citations are linked to the online source for some codes.

Code structure

Each code consists of a maximum of 12 lowercase alphabetic characters.  Possible additions to codes are described in Source Code Maintenance.

Genre/Form Code and Term Source Codes

alett

An alphabetical list of English text types (Berlin; New York: Mouton de Gruyter)  [pages 23-88 in: Text types and the history of English]

amg

Audiovisual material glossary (Dublin, OH: Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)

barngf

Svenska ämnesord för barn - Genre/Form (Stockholm: Kungliga Biblioteket)

bgtchm

Basic Genre Terms for Cultural Heritage Materials

cbk

Centraal Bestand Kinderboeken

cjh

Center for Jewish History thesaurus

dct

Dublin Core list of resource types

estc

Eighteenth century short title catalogue, the cataloguing rules. New ed. (London: The British Library)

fbg

Films by genre (Jefferson, NC: McFarland)

fgtpcm

Form/genre terms for printed cartoon material (Bowling Green, OH: Consortium of Popular Culture Collections in the Midwest)

ftamc

Form terms for archival and manuscripts control (Stanford: The Research Libraries Group, Inc.)  [Note:  Used prior to August 1991; term list subsumed by Art and Architecture Thesaurus at that time.]

gatbeg

Gattungsbegriffe (Leipzig & Frankfort: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek)

gmd

Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules general material designation (Rule 1.1C)

gmgpc

Thesaurus for graphic materials: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service)

gnd

Gemeinsame Normdatei (Leipzig, Frankfurt: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek)

gnd-carrier

Gemeinsame Normdatei: Datenträgertyp (Leipzig, Frankfurt: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) [PDF: 28.7 KB]

gnd-content

Gemeinsame Normdatei: Beschreibung des Inhalts (Leipzig, Frankfurt: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) [PDF: 48.4 KB]

gnd-music

Gemeinsame Normdatei: Musikalische Ausgabeform (Leipzig, Frankfurt: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) [PDF: 28.6 KB]

gsafd

Guidelines on subject access to individual works of fiction, drama, etc. (Chicago: American Library Association)

gtlm

Genre terms for law materials: a thesaurus (Littleton, CO: Rothman Pubs.)

isbdcontent

ISBD Area 0 (Content Form and Media Area)

isbdmedia

ISBD Area 0 (Content Form and Media Area)

lcgft

Library of Congress genre/form terms for library and archival materials (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service)

lobt

Language of Bindings Thesaurus (London: University of Arts)

marccategory

MARC Form Category Term List

marcform

MARC Form of Item Term List

marcgt

MARC Genre Terms (Washington, DC: Library of Congress)

marcsmd

MARC Specific Material Form Term List

migfg

Moving Image Genre-Form Guide (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, MBRS)

mim

Moving image materials: genre terms (Washington: Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress)

muzeukv

MuzeVideo UK DVD and UMD film genre classification (London: Muze Europe Ltd)

nbdbgf

NBD Biblion Genres Fictie  (Zoetermeer: NBD Biblion)

ngl

Newspaper genre list [online only] (Seattle, WA: University of Washington, Library Microform and Newspaper Collections)

nimafc

NIMA form codes (Bethesda, MD: National Imagery and Mapping Agency)

nmc

Revised nomenclature for museum cataloging: a revised and expanded version of Robert C. Chenhall's system for classifying man-made objects. (Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press)

nzcoh

New Zealand Choral and Orchestral hire form and genre terms

proysen

Prøysen: emneord for Prøysen-bibliografien (Oslo: Nasjonalbiblioteket)

radfg

Radio form / genre terms guide (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, MBRS, Recorded Sound Section)

rbbin

Binding terms: a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloguing. (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, ALA)

rbgenr

Genre terms: a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloguing. (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries)

rbmscv

RBMS Controlled Vocabularies (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Association of College & Research Libraries)

rbpap

Paper terms: a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging. (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, ALA)  [Used for printing terms.]

rbpri

Printing & publishing evidence: a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging. (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, ALA)  [Used for printing terms.]

rbprov

Provenance evidence: a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging. (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, ALA)

rbpub

Printing and publishing evidence: a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging. (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, ALA)  [Used for publishing terms.]

rbtyp

Type evidence: a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging. (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, ALA)  [Used for printing terms.]

rdabf

RDA bibliographic format

rdabs

RDA broadcast standard

rdacarrier

Term and code list for RDA carrier types

rdacc

RDA colour content

rdaco

RDA content type

rdacontent

Term and code list for RDA content types

rdacpc

RDA configuration of playback channels

rdact

RDA carrier type

rdafnm

RDA format of notated music

rdafs

RDA font size

rdaft

RDA file type

rdagen

RDA generation

rdagrp

RDA groove pitch of an analog cylinder

rdagw

RDA groove width of an analog disc

rdalay

RDA layout

rdamat

RDA material

rdamedia

Term and code list for RDA media types

rdamt

RDA media type

rdapf

RDA presentation format

rdapm

RDA production method

rdapo

RDA polarity

rdare

RDA regional encoding

rdarm

RDA recording medium

rdarr

RDA reduction ratio designation

rdaspc

RDA special playback characteristic

rdatc

RDA track configuration

rdatr

RDA type of recording

rdavf

RDA video format

reveal

REVEAL: fiction indexing and genre headings (Bath: UKOLN)

rvmgf

Thésaurus des descripteurs de genre/forme de l'Université Laval (Québec, Québec: Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval)

saogf

Svenska ämnesord - Genre/Form (Stockholm: Kungliga Biblioteket)

sgp

Svenska genrebeteckningar för periodika (Stockholm: Kunglige Biblioteket)

slm

Suomalainen lajityyppi- ja muotosanasto

tgfbne

Términos de género/forma de la Biblioteca Nacional de España

thema

Thema (Editeur.org)

vgmsgg

Video Game Metadata Schema: Controlled vocabulary for gameplay genre (GAME Research (GAMER) Group)

vgmsng

Video Game Metadata Schema: Controlled vocabulary for narrative genre (GAME Research (GAMER) Group)

Usage in MARC 21

 Bibliographic records

655 $2 (Index Term - Genre/Form / Source of term)

336 $2 (Content Type / Source)

337 $2 (Media Type / Source)

338 $2 (Carrier Type / Source)

 Authority records

755 $2 (Established Heading Linking Entry - Genre/Form Term / Source of heading or term)

785 $2 (Subdivision Linking Entry - Form Subdivision / Source of heading or term)

336 $2 (Content Type / Source)

040 $f (Cataloging Source / Subject heading or thesaurus conventions)

 Holdings records

337 $2 (Media Type / Source)

338 $2 (Carrier Type / Source)

MODS/MADS Elements

 mods: genre @authority

 mods: physicalDescription / form @authority

 mods: location / holdingSimple  / copyInformation / form @authority

 mads: authority / genre @authority

 mads: related / genre @authority

 mads: variant / genre @authority

See also:

Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes:  Contents