I think the “SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR INCREASED SUBJECT ACCESS TO FICTION” at the end of H 1790 are actually the current guidelines for applying subject headings to fiction, which are much more permissive than the section 4 that Mike references below.



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H 1790 section 4 does put fairly strict limits on SH for individual works of fiction. (Only used for biographical and historical fiction, basically.) The “Special provisions” at the end of H 1790 still refer to GSAFD headings, so IMO the section needs updating.


But per H 1790 section 4, you still only use very specific 650s. So “650 Deer hunting – Fiction” is ok, but “Hunting—Fiction” is too general. 655s are generally fine. If I understand H 1790.


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