BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
T Technology, engineering, agriculture
Do not use “T” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section T below
TB Technology: general issues
For the impact of technology on society, use PDR “Impact of science and technology on society”
TBC Engineering: general
TBD Technical design
See also: AKP “Product design”
TBG Engineering graphics and technical drawing
See also: UGC “Computer aided design (CAD)”
TBJ Maths for engineers
TBM Instruments and instrumentation engineering
TBN Nanotechnology
TBR Intermediate technology
TBX History of engineering and technology
TBY Inventions and inventors

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