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Line breaks: bibli|og¦raphy
Pronunciation: /ˌbɪblɪˈɒɡrəfi

Definition of bibliography in English:

noun (plural bibliographies)

1A list of the books referred to in a scholarly work, typically 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.2 [mass noun] The history or systematic description of books, their authorship, printing, publication, editions, etc.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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



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: /-əˈɡrafɪk/
Example sentences
  • Only one or two advanced libraries have published their bibliographic catalogues on the Web.
  • Literature searches of the bibliographic databases yielded 1213 reports, which consisted mostly of studies comparing one drug with another.
  • For example, the company said that for books still in copyright, users will only see bibliographic information and a few sentences of text.


Pronunciation: /-əˈɡrafɪk(ə)l/
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.


Pronunciation: /-əˈɡrafɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • The review is a reassuring perennial of the information science literature, balanced and bibliographically reliable.
  • We owe much of what we know about Audubon to pioneering biographies by several authors, or to more bibliographically oriented studies.
  • As more funds go toward the acquisition of fewer titles, the collection becomes bibliographically narrower, shallower, and arguably duller.

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