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 www.bic.org.uk.

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
W Lifestyle, sport and leisure
Note: many headings in Section W relate closely to headings in other sections. Use Section W for popular accounts for general readership; prefer Sections A, K, P, R, T, etc, as appropriate, for serious, specialist and academic works. Do not use “W” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section W below
WS Sports and outdoor recreation
WSB Sporting events and management
WSBB Olympic and Paralympic games
WSBG Sports governing bodies
Note: use with other code denoting sport
WSBM Sports management and facilities
Note: use with specific WS* code where applicable
WSBT Sports teams and clubs
Note: use with other code denoting sport
WSBV Sporting venues
Note: use with other code denoting sport, where applicable
WSBX History of sport
Use after specific WS* code for histories of specific sports, or alone for general history of sport. Prefer JHBS “Sociology: sport and leisure” for academic / sociological treatment of sport


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