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bibliography

[bib-lee-og-ruh-fee]
noun, plural bib·li·og·ra·phies.
  1. a complete or selective list of works compiled upon some common principle, as authorship, subject, place of publication, or printer.
  2. a list of source materials that are used or consulted in the preparation of a work or that are referred to in the text.
  3. a branch of library science dealing with the history, physical description, comparison, and classification of books and other works.
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Origin of bibliography

From the Greek word bibliographía, dating back to 1670–80. See biblio-, -graphy
Related formsbib·li·o·graph·ic [bib-lee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌbɪb li əˈgræf ɪk/, bib·li·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivebib·li·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbmin·i·bib·li·og·ra·phy, noun, plural min·i·bib·li·og·ra·phies.
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Examples from the Web for bibliographical

Historical Examples

  • All have bibliographical references, and Duggan adds lists of questions also.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • Both are in quarto, and are biographical as well as bibliographical.

  • Bibliographical Decameron, various quotations from, 93, 294 et seq.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • A full list of these occurs in the bibliographical section of this essay.

  • See "Bibliographical Note" at the end of Mr. Green's pamphlet.


British Dictionary definitions for bibliographical

bibliography

noun plural -phies
  1. a list of books or other material on a subject
  2. a list of sources used in the preparation of a book, thesis, etc
  3. 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
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Derived Formsbibliographer, nounbibliographic (ˌbɪblɪəʊˈɡræfɪk) or bibliographical, adjectivebibliographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bibliographical

adj.

1670s; see bibliography + -ical.

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bibliography

n.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bibliographical in Culture

bibliography

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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