BibTeX field: type

How to use the type field in BibTeX?

The type field is used to store more descriptive name of the type of work. E.g. for a techreport entry it can be "Government Report", while for the phdthesis type it can be a PhD dissertation.

type = "Government Report"
type = "White Paper"
type = "Bachelor thesis"
type = "{PhD} dissertation"

How the type field is used in BibTeX entry types

BibTeX entryDescriptiontype field
articleJournal article
bookletPrinted work without a publisher
inbookAny section in a bookoptional
incollectionA titled section of a bookoptional
inproceedingsConference paper
mastersthesisMaster's thesisoptional
miscMiscellaneous: if nothing else fits
phdthesisPhD thesis
techreportTechnical report or white paperoptional
unpublishedA work that has not yet been officially published