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This page is a help or manual page for the ISFDB database. It describes standards or methods for entering or maintaining data in the ISFDB database, or otherwise working with the database. Other help pages may be found via the category below. To discuss what should go on this page, use the talk page.

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If you are new to editing the ISFDB, please see Help:Getting Started.

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If you are entering a new publication for which other editions already exist in the ISFDB, you can save some time on data entry by using the "Add Publication to this Title" feature. First, display the main title record in the publication and then click on the "Add Publication to this Title" link in the left navigation bar. This will display an empty publication record form which you can fill out. Once you've submitted this new record and a moderator has approved it, the new publication record will be automatically linked to the title that you were displaying. For detailed help on the fields on this screen, see the Edit Publication help.

Once your submission has been approved and the new publication has been added to the database, you will need to merge newly entered Contents titles with pre-existing title records (if there are any.) If the contents of your publication are almost identical to the contents of an existing publication, you can clone the existing publication instead and then remove any title records that do not exist in your publication.