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My Bookshelf

Chan, Kylie

Dark Heavens:
Journey to Wudang:

Eddings, David

The Belgariad:

Eddings, David & Leigh

The Belgariad / The Mallorean:

My To-Do List

My Useful "Stuff"

Post/Feedback by Mhhutchins

We fully understand that it is going to take some time to get used to how things are done here, but that doesn't mean we can't learn from the fresh ideas that newcomers bring to the table. When you're adding books from your collection to the database, here are the steps to determine whether you should create a new record or update one already here.
  1. Click on the Advanced Search link on the main page, and in the first section ("ISFDB Title Search Form"), search for both title (Term 1) and author (Term 2). Enter them exactly as they are stated on the book's title page, not its cover.
  2. If the search results in no matching title record, go back to the main page, and click on "Add New Novel" (or "...Collection", or whatever type of book you're entering), and create a new pub record along with a new title record.
  3. If the search returns a matching title record, go there and look down the list of pubs associated with that title. Check to see if there is one that matches the publisher, ISBN, and price of your copy. (Publishers' name can vary, from pub to pub and even within the same pub, so don't let a variation in the publisher name be the determining factor here.)
  4. If you find that none of the pub records match your copy in these three criteria, click on "Add Publication to This Title" and create a new pub record.
  5. If you find a record that matches those three criteria, it's a good chance this is your book...but not always. Click on the pub record and see if the date field and any printing/edition data in the note field matches your copy.
  6. If the publication date and printing data matches your copy, look over every field of the record and see if there are any discrepancies between your copy and the record.
  7. If there are differences and the record has not been verified, click on "Edit This Pub" and make the necessary changes.
  8. If there are differences and the record has been primary verified, click on the verifier's name, which takes you to their user page. Click on the tab "Discussion" to go to their talk page and then leave a message explaining the differences and ask them to recheck their copy. If they're active, they should respond within a couple of days. If they're not active, leave a message on the Moderator's Noticeboard.
  9. If there are no differences, click on "Verify This Pub" and on the next screen click on the middle bullet of the first open Primary slot.
  10. Going back to Step 5, if the publication date and printing data do not match your copy, click on "Clone This Pub" and on the next page make all the necessary changes to make the record match your copy.
I hope this helps. If you need further assistance about whether to edit an existing record or to add a new record, leave a message at the Help Desk.