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- Type in the surname first, followed by a comma, then a space, then the initial or first name. For example:
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White, Patrick -- Works about
White, Patrick -- Works by
- For books with 3 authors or less you will be able to find an entry under each author. If there are more than 3 authors of a book, you will only be able to find the first author listed.
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Australia. Department of Commerce
New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Assembly
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- Companies and societies can also be corporate authors. For example:
Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd.
Institution of Civil Engineers
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Artists -- Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias
Great Britain -- History
New South Wales -- Commerce
New South Wales -- Commissions(used for Royal Commissions)
- In the same way, subject areas can be divided by geographic areas. For example:
Law Reports -- Australia
Costume -- Burma
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