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DOCUMENT TYPE (Preferred term)
Categorisation of documents into mutually exclusive groups to aid the designing of document templates, and hence the capture of metadata at the creation stage in an electronic document or records management system. Its use also aids subsequent retrieval by allowing users to search by document type. Document types tend to be categorised generically, for example as 'letter', 'minutes' or 'reports' rather than by the specific content of these documents.