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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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The "Author Directory" link in the navigation bar leads to the ISFDB Author Directory which is a table showing the first two letters of the author family names. You can click on one of the pairs to view a list of authors whose family name starts with that letter pair. If there are no authors whose name starts with a particular letter pair then that spot in the table is grayed out.

The position of authors in the directory, or within the page for a particular letter pair, is controlled by the Directory Entry field of the Edit Author Data screen. If you spot an author that's filed in an unexpected spot in the directory then you can correct this by updating that author's Directory Entry field.

Note that authors whose canonical names use non-Latin alphabets appear in the Author Directory under a transliterated (latinized) version of their name.

Also note that you can get more refined same results by using the ISFDB Advanced Author Search. For example, you can search on "Directory Entry starts with Asi".