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The MediaWiki software automatically recognizes inline International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs); for example: the wikitext ISBN 978-0-12-345678-9 becomes ISBN 978-0-12-345678-9 which corresponds to Special:BookSources/9780123456789. (This is a form of WikiMagic.)



ISBNs now come in two styles, containing 10 digits or 13 digits, respectively (corresponding to the above "ISBN-10:" and "ISBN-13:" numbers). Please use the 13-digit one if available (if nowhere else, it is written under the barcode: the hyphenation will be 978-, or in future 979-, then the same as in the 10-digit ISBN, but the last digit is different for ISBN-10 and ISBN-13, as they use different checksum algorithms).

You can convert any ISBN-10 to ISBN-13 automatically with either of the following tools:

Stylistically, please:

  • Use 13-digit ISBNs, if available, as these are now standard as of January 1, 2007 and issued to new books.
  • Use dashes if they are included, as they divide the number into meaningful parts; the placement of dashes varies between books.

Formats for 13-digit ISBN:

  • ISBN 9781234567897
  • ISBN 978-1-234-56789-7


  • [[ISBN]] 9781234567897
  • ISBN 978 1 234 56789 7
  • ISBN-13: 9781234567897
  • ISBN: 9781234567897

The MediaWiki software only recognizes "ISBN" followed by a space, and then the number. Spaces and hyphens within the number are not a problem (including hyphens is preferred if their proper placement is known), but ISBN numbers starting with "ISBN-10:" and "ISBN-13:" are not automatically recognized by the MediaWiki software unless "-10:" and "-13:" are removed. The actual ISBN starts after the colon for "ISBN-10:" and "ISBN-13:" numbers. There is no need to add quotation marks or wikicode brackets of any kind.

Here is an example of a book listing. Look on that page under "product details." There one can find these two ISBN for that book:

Using "Click to Look Inside!" (a feature of the listing available above the cover picture) reveals that the proper dash placement is:

If the type of ISBN must be specified, the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 templates may be used.

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