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authority file

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noun Library Science.
  1. a file, either on cards or in machine-readable format, in which decisions involving bibliographic records, particularly for form of entry, are recorded to establish a precedent or rule for subsequent decisions and to provide for consistency of entries.

Origin of authority file

First recorded in 1975–80
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