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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 entering information for a book 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 title and click on the "Add Publication to this Title" link in the left navbar. This will display a publication record which you can fill out. Once you've submitted this new record, and a moderator has approved it, the title will automatically be merged with the title you were displaying.

However, when adding a publication in this way, you do not have the opportunity to add or edit any contents. If the book you are entering is a novel, this doesn't matter; but if you are entering an anthology, or a collection, or anything with contents, this will only partly create the publication -- you must still create the contents records. You can do this by editing the new publication, once you've created it, and adding each required content record.

Alternatively, you can clone the publication, if the copy you have is almost identical to the contents of an existing publication. This is likely to be the quicker method if the contents are very similar.

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