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[bib-lee-og-ruh-fee] /ˌbɪb liˈɒg rə fi/
noun, plural bibliographies.
a complete or selective list of works compiled upon some common principle, as authorship, subject, place of publication, or printer.
a list of source materials that are used or consulted in the preparation of a work or that are referred to in the text.
a branch of library science dealing with the history, physical description, comparison, and classification of books and other works.
Origin of bibliography
1670-80; < Greek bibliographía. See biblio-, -graphy
Related forms
[bib-lee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌbɪb li əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
bibliographical, adjective
bibliographically, adverb
minibibliography, noun, plural minibibliographies. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bibliography
  • As all fine pieces of research, this survey too deserves a brief mention of its bibliography for the more enthusiastic readers.
  • Chapter two, on electronic media, reads like an annotated bibliography.
  • His report cites 12 sources in its bibliography, all online press reports on open-source software.
  • Following each report is a bibliography of relevant official and unofficial reports and documents.
  • My students' annotated bibliography assignments due last week were abysmal.
  • The bibliography is worth reading in its own right for the wickedly caustic judgments on some of the featured works.
  • This 31- page booklet contains a selected bibliography.
  • There is an illuminating glossary of terms, a bibliography and a list of owners of the works shown.
  • This book is extremely well researched and written in layman's terms, with a complete bibliography dating back to the 1930s.
  • As soon as the dissertation was in my hands, I flipped first to the bibliography to see which of my works he had cited.
British Dictionary definitions for bibliography


noun (pl) -phies
a list of books or other material on a subject
a list of sources used in the preparation of a book, thesis, etc
a list of the works of a particular author or publisher
  1. the study of the history, classification, etc, of literary material
  2. a work on this subject
Derived Forms
bibliographer, noun
bibliographic (ˌbɪblɪəʊˈɡræfɪk), bibliographical, adjective
bibliographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bibliography

1670s, "the writing of books," from Greek bibliographia "the writing of books," from biblio- + graphos "(something) drawn or written" (see -graphy). Sense of "a list of books that form the literature of a subject" is first attested 1869. Related: Bibliographic.

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bibliography definition

A list of the written sources of information on a subject. Bibliographies generally appear as a list at the end of a book or article. They may show what works the author used in writing the article or book, or they may list works that a reader might find useful.

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