HelpThing was written by members like you, with some help from LibraryThing staff.
View a list of all of the HelpThing topics.
The first rule of HelpThing is "be bold!" If you can add or edit it, go ahead. We also have a HelpThing Style Guide.
The Details page provides more information about the work as a whole, as well as about your copy of the book.
 Work Details Tab
This is the place to find information about the work — which is an amalgamation of the individual books cataloged by LibraryThing members.
The consensus title — the one used by the majority of LibraryThing members.
The consensus author. Links to the appropriate author page.
 Owned by
A count of the number of LibraryThing members with this work in their catalog; clicking takes you to the work members page.
The number of reviews that LibraryThing members have written about this work; clicking takes you to the work reviews page.
 LC Classification
The consensus LC classification. Clicking "see all" expands the list on this page to show all variations and how frequently they are used.
The consensus Dewey decimal number. Clicking "see all" expands the list on this page to show all variations and how frequently they are used.
Library of Congress subject classifications. Clicking on a subject takes you to its subject page.
 Original language
The original language of publication of a book. Clicking takes you to the relevant language page.
 Title Translations
The original title of the work in its original language. LibraryThing is international, but is still heavily English-biased, so the "majority-use" title is frequently in English. Where available, this section also lists the title of the work in its various translations.
A list of all of the ISBNs of the various books that have been combined into the work.
 Book Details Tab
This is the place to find information about your particular copy of the book. To edit any of this information, click on the small pencil icon . For more information on each of these fields, see the edit help page.
Takes you to the Author page.
Ratings are editable on the details page. Click once to get the number of stars, twice to change to a half-star, and three times to remove a star.
Clicking on a tag takes you to its tag page.
Clicking on a subject will take you to the appropriate subject page
Links to Ottobib.com, which will generate a citation for the work in a variety of formats.
 Note on Green Text
Green text is text that has been "calculated" by LibraryThing when you have no data in that field. It may be generated either from other columns in your catalog (as in the "Summary" field) or by comparison to books in other members' libraries (as for the "LC Classification", "Dewey No." or "Subject" fields). The green calculated text is not stored in your catalog and will not appear if you export it as a file. However, if you edit/enter your own information in that field, it will change color to black, indicating that it is now stored in your catalog rather than calculated.