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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.

If, after exploring the Help system, you still have a question, please visit the Help desk and let us know. We probably know the answer, but we need your help to know what we left out of the help pages.

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

For more on this and other header templates, see Header templates.

Whenever a publication is listed as an item on an ISFDB screen, clicking on it will bring up the publication display screen for that publication. This will display information about the publication itself. It will also display publication content, if available, and a a link to the bibliographic comments page for that publication, which is the Wiki page where notes on bibliographic issues related to the this publication are kept.

The Publication page displays an image of the publication if one is available. If you are logged in to ISFDB, you will see a link that will let you upload a new image for the publication. You can follow the link to upload an image if:

  • the ISFDB has no image on file;
  • you have a better image than the one currently displayed; or
  • the ISFDB currently links to an off-site image (e.g. Amazon) which may eventually disappear

Unlike images stored by some other sites, all ISFDB images are backed up nightly and made publicly available for download, so they are more stable.

From this page, the link "Edit this pub" will allow you to edit most of the data shown on this screen. See Help:Screen:EditPub for more details.

Below the publication data, the verification data for the publication are listed. This lists the acceptable sources and shows whether or not the data has been verified against any of those sources. "Primary" verifications are done against an actual copy of the publication. See Help: How to verify data for more details on verification and the various verification sources.