bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌbi-blē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \
plural bibliographies

Definition of bibliography

1 : the history, identification, or description of writings or publications
2a : a list often with descriptive or critical notes of writings relating to a particular subject, period, or author a bibliography of modern poetry
b : a list of works written by an author or printed by a publishing house compiled a complete bibliography of John Donne
3 : the works or a list of the works referred to in a text or consulted by the author in its production The book's bibliography contains over 400 items.

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Other Words from bibliography

bibliographic \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce bibliographic (audio) \ or less commonly bibliographical \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce bibliographical (audio) \ adjective
bibliographically \ ˌbi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bibliographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bibliography in a Sentence

The instructor provided the students with an excellent bibliography on local history. The book includes a lengthy bibliography.
Recent Examples on the Web Entries are limited to 10 single-space pages, not including figures or the bibliography. Lauren Caruba,, "After decades of research yield no cure, UTSA opens contest seeking causes of Alzheimer’s disease," 17 Dec. 2019 Thankfully, the editors have included an extensive index, a selective bibliography and many URLs to source material. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Milwaukee Rock and Roll' pieces together the story of music in this city," 16 Dec. 2019 Both are slight, breezy books with lots of brief chapters (sometimes just two pages), lots of pictures, lots of anecdotes, and little use for footnotes, bibliographies or other scholarly apparatus that might deter the casual reader. David Greenberg, Washington Post, "Two accounts of Watergate remind readers: No one knew how it would end," 15 Nov. 2019 There is also a list of online nursery sites and a bibliography. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Gardener gift idea: ‘Planting the Natural Garden’ book," 9 Dec. 2019 Indeed, Williamson boasts a large, best-selling bibliography — and yes, many of her books skew on the more, ahem, peculiar side. Caroline Tew,, "A guide to presidential candidate Marianne Williamson's books, from mild to wild," 1 Aug. 2019 The subject cards contained descriptions of the item in addition to the bibliographies, often requiring multiple cards. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 Librarians originally handwrote the bibliographies on each card. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet," 11 Feb. 2016 His bibliography, which runs to almost 20 pages, doesn’t contain a single Russian-language book, and his eyewitness historical accounts tend to rely on the impressions of foreign visitors to the city, not Russians. Fen Montaigne, New York Times, "From the Czars to Putin: A History of Russia’s Imperial City," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of bibliography

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bibliography

probably from New Latin bibliographia, from Greek, the copying of books, from bibli- + -graphia -graphy

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3 Jan 2020

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“Bibliography.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bibliography

: a list of books, magazines, articles, etc., about a particular subject
: a list of the books, magazines, articles, etc., that are mentioned in a text


bib·​li·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌbi-blē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce bibliography (audio) \
plural bibliographies

Kids Definition of bibliography

1 : a list of materials (as books or magazine articles) used in the preparation of a written work or mentioned in a text
2 : a list of writings about an author or a subject

Other Words from bibliography

bibliographic \ bi-​blē-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik \ also bibliographical \ -​fi-​kəl \ adjective

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