authority file

noun Library Science.
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:
1975–80

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The authority file could then be used to find headings on bib records, but that process would require many months.
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