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bibliography Syllabification: bib·li·og·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /ˌbiblēˈäɡrəfē/
(abbreviation: bibliog.)

Definition of bibliography in English:

noun (plural bibliographies)

1A list of the books referred to in a scholarly work, usually printed as an appendix.
Example sentences
  • The extensive bibliography refers to books, periodicals and theses, government and media materials, and websites.
  • The book also includes a short glossary, a thorough bibliography, and seven appendices.
  • Useful appendices and an extensive bibliography add to the book's reference value.
1.1A list of the books of a specific author or publisher, or on a specific subject: a bibliography of his publications
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  • The books also contain substantial bibliographies of the authors' works and critics' commentaries on their works.
  • In 1975 I published a critical bibliography of books and articles in English about Westerns.
  • The book includes an exhaustive bibliography on the subject, which researchers will find helpful.
1.2The history or systematic description of books, their authorship, printing, publication, editions, etc. he regarded bibliography as a science
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  • For essays on the perspectives of history, literature, bibliography, and cultural studies, see Where is Book History?
  • Taken together, the books make a brilliant contribution to the burgeoning, early modern fields of bibliography and book culture.
  • Consistency in bibliography can throw up strange results.


Pronunciation: /ˌbiblēˈäɡrəfər/
Example sentences
  • The descriptive bibliographer will, typically, describe the title page of a book or a musical edition, including such elements as printed borders and other decorative devices, typography, and content.
  • He was a very scholarly bibliographer, with a remarkable flair for collecting valuable first editions; when really desperate he would sell some of these to stave off poverty.
  • Collection development librarians and bibliographers work with departmental faculty in order to assure that collections reflect institutional research and teaching priorities.
Pronunciation: /ˈˌbiblēəˈɡrafəkəl/
Example sentences
  • This journal also has an online Journal Index, a searchable database of bibliographical information and brief annotations from articles published between 1944 and 1996.
  • Likewise, while academic referencing conventions require that one underlines titles of books and journals in bibliographical lists, this can be confusing and frustrating on the web where a user expects these to be hyperlinks.
  • A particular composer or publisher might only want the score listed as a bibliographical entry with information on how to obtain it, as well as listings of past performances and reviews.


Early 19th century: from French bibliographie or modern Latin bibliographia, from Greek biblion 'book' + -graphia 'writing'.

Words that rhyme with bibliography

autobiography, biography, cardiography, cartography, chirography, choreography, chromatography, cinematography, cosmography, cryptography, demography, discography, filmography, geography, hagiography, historiography, hydrography, iconography, lexicography, lithography, oceanography, orthography, palaeography (US paleography), photography, radiography, reprography, stenography, topography, typography
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