LCLS: CAP Manual: Cataloging: Call Numbers:

FICTION GENRE PREFIXES (MYS - SCI/FI - WEST)

We recognize three special kinds genres of fiction: Mysteries, Science Fiction, & Westerns.  These genres are noted in special COLLECTION CODES used for books (including large type) and talking books for all AGE designations. Items in these collections are assigned call numbers that includes "MYS," "SCI/FI," or "WEST."   Titles are assigned to these genres from information provided by the item itself, by subject headings in the bibliographic record, and by comparing other titles by the same author or titles in the same series. Subject headings are often helpful, but not fool-proof.  They may be missing from the bibliographic record or applied too generally (e.g. "mystery fiction" like "popular music" is used broadly).  Refer to the chart below for guidelines.

All editions of the title should be consistent as to genre. When adding a fiction title, check the catalog to see if the title has been cataloged in another format, and ensure that the use of the genre prefix is consistent among each record.  For example, all editions of Janet Evanovich's One for the Money are consistent as to use of the prefix:

TALKING BOOKS MYS EVANOVI (DISC)
One for the money [sound recording] / Janet Evanovich
Evanovich, Janet.
1 copy available at ABINGTON in AUDIO-AREA

TALKING BOOKS MYS EVANOVI
One for the money / Janet Evanovich
Evanovich, Janet.
Abridged.
3 copies available at ALBRIGHT, N-POCONO, and TAYLOR

TALKING BOOKS MYS EVANOVI (DISC)
One for the money [sound recording] / Janet Evanovich
Evanovich, Janet.
1 copy available at CARBONDALE in AUDIO-AREA

TALKING BOOKS MYS EVANOVI
One for the money [sound recording] / Janet Evanovich
Evanovich, Janet.
1 copy available at VALLEY in AUDIO-AREA

LARGE TYPE MYS EVANOVI
One for the money / Janet Evanovich
Evanovich, Janet.
2 copies available at CARBONDALE and VALLEY

MYS EVANOVI
One for the money / Janet Evanovich
Evanovich, Janet.
3 copies available at ALBRIGHT, ABINGTON, and CARBONDALE

GENRE / PREFIX DEFINITION RELATED GENRES THAT DO NOT QUALIFY FOR PREFIX SUBJECT HEADINGS (Subject headings are not 100% reliable. )
MYS

Mystery fiction

A novel or story or collection of stories in which a crime (usually a murder) is committed ; clues are identified, followed, and analyzed by a detective (amateur sleuth, private investigator, or police officer) ; and the crime is solved. 

Detective story

"Whodunit"

 

NOT espionage fiction (spy stories)

NOT organized crime

NOT legal stories (about lawyers & courtroom trials)

NOT political intrigue

NOT psychological suspense

NOT horror stories

NOT thriller fiction

NOT "Gothic" novels

650  Detective and mystery stories (Adult heading)

650  Mystery and detective stories (Juv heading).

655 Mystery fiction  (Don't rely on this alone.)

 

SCI/FI

Science fiction

A novel or collection of stories set in a world or worlds which are scientifically or technologically advanced beyond today's standards; may involve space travel, time travel, robots, alien beings, and alternate worlds.    NOT fantasy fiction (magic, supernatural, mythical creatures) Science fiction.

NOT Fantasy fiction.

WEST

Western fiction

A novel or collection of stories set in 19th century frontier America with a strong, self-reliant central character; simple plots; full of action; often involves cowboys, cavalrymen, lawmen and outlaws of the Old West.. NOT family sagas

NOT historical novels about pioneers and frontier life

NOT epics of Western expansion

NOT stories set in present the modern, present day West.

 

 

Western stories.

NOT West (U.S.) - Fiction.