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Genre term Scope note
  • The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
Motion Pictures

Use for: Untitled, Cinema, Films, Movies, Moving pictures.


Use for: Untitled, Photograph albums; Scrapbooks; Autograph albums

  • Bound or loose-leaf sets of pages. Includes handmade albums and published volumes of blank pages designed for the addition of images or keepsakes.

Use for: Untitled, Newspaper clippings; Cuttings

  • Objects with physical evidence suggesting extraction from a larger entity (e.g., books, newspapers).

Use for: Untitled, Daybooks; Journals; Logbooks

  • A daily record, especially a personal record of events, experiences, and observations; a journal.

Use for: Untitled, Typescripts

  • A book, document, or other composition written by hand. A typewritten or handwritten version of a book, an article, a document, or other work, especially the author's own copy, prepared and submitted for publication in print. Handwriting.

Use for: Untitled, Watercolours; Oil paintings.

  • Color paint applied by hand to a surface (support) such as paper, canvas, wood, glass, or other.

Use for: Untitled, Agreements; Covenants, Collective agreements; Deeds


Use for: Untitled, Magazines; Journals

  • Serials usually issued at regular intervals and more frequently than annually.
  • Single or multi-sheet notices made to attract attention to events, activities, causes, goods, or services; also, purely decorative posters. For posting, usually in a public place; chiefly pictorial. Intended to make an immediate impression from a distance.

Use for: Untitled, Public addresses; Academic addresses; Orations; Talks

Court decisions and opinions

Use for: Untitled, Court rulings; Legal opinions; Judgments


Use for: Untitled, Data banks

  • Structured sets of data held in computer storage, especially those that incorporate software to make them accessible in a variety of ways.
Minutes (Records)

Use for: Untitled, Minute books

Sheet music
  • Unbound songs and other pieces of music on eight or fewer pages.
Handbooks and manuals
Video recordings

Use for: Untitled, Videos

  • Collections of video recordings that are composed of multiple genres and/or forms to which more specific headings such as [Video recordings for the hearing impaired] cannot be applied.
Course materials
  • Handouts and other ephemeral materials used in coursework.
Field recordings
  • Recordings of sounds or images made outside a controlled studio environment or professional performance venue that are generally unedited and typically made with portable equipment.
Conference materials
  • Ephemeral materials such as flyers, program books, daily newsletters, or newspapers that are distributed at conferences. For published records of conferences, including abstracts, reports, and the papers presented, see [Conference papers and proceedings.]
  • Something that has been transcribed, especially: Music. An adaptation of a composition. A recorded radio or television program. Linguistics. A representation of speech sounds in phonetic symbols.
  • The written form of a composition for orchestral or vocal parts.
  • Lists of the events, pieces, performers, speakers, etc., of an entertainment, ceremony, or the like.
  • Images formed by transfer from one surface or source to another. Usually created with ink(s) and produced in multiple impressions.
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