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Genre headings for cartographic material

The use of adjectival forms of map subdivisions (e.g. Maps, Topographic) has been discontinued. NLNZ will follow LC policy and bring out the form of map by the use of genre headings. These genre headings should be applied in addition to any subject headings that are necessary.

NLNZ will use authorised cartographic genre headings. The following is not a complete list of cartographic genre headings but a list of ones that are more likely to be used:

Aeronautical charts


Bathymetric maps

Cadastral maps

Digital maps (Used on both digitised and born digital maps)

Geological maps

Index maps

Nautical charts


Physical maps

Remote sensing maps

Road maps

Topographic maps

Tourist maps

The genre/form term Maps should be applied to every map for which a more specific genre/form term is not available.

Last updated: October 5, 2018 (JHS)