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message 1: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Flanagan | 11 comments Et al.
It is a latin phrase (originally Et alia) that means 'and others'
I found it on a book in Worldcat, and am trying to avoid another addition to the Sisyphus' list.
What's the word on this one folks? do I use Et al as a third author? or return various to it's previous standing?
The book in question is here http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/93...
Lemmee know what to do eh?


message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42441 comments Mod
It's already on the list. It should be removed from all books that have it, and replaced with actual people (when known).


message 3: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Flanagan | 11 comments ok, thanks. But if the people aren't known?


message 4: by Paula (new)

Paula (paulaan) | 7027 comments If no other authors / editors then use Unknown as the author


message 5: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Flanagan | 11 comments I was think more along the lines of; having 2 names and Et al after it; we know only of 2 of the authors. I didn't want to arbitrarily chose who is represented. If I don't put Et al, they are then the only authors...


message 6: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42441 comments Mod
Not sure how "et al", which groups completely unrelated books, helps. If the other authors are know, add them. If not, not.


message 7: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Flanagan | 11 comments kk. Et al is used by Worldcat, ect. It is the same as various.


message 8: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42441 comments Mod
On GR, Various is only used when no other author is known. Et al should not be used at all.


message 9: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Flanagan | 11 comments thanks for clearing that up.


message 10: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42441 comments Mod
Keep in mind that -- until a librarian notices and adds them -- LOTS of books on GR are missing secondary or tertiary (etc.) authors. That's part of the fun when combining editions -- figuring out which ones are really missing secondary authors and adding them. ;)


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