Bibliography


Bibliography

Bibliography (from Greek _gr. βιβλιογραφία, "bibliographia", literally "book writing"), as a practice, is the academic study of books as physical, cultural objects; in this sense, it is also known as bibliology (from Greek _gr. -λογία, "-logia"). On the whole, bibliography is not concerned with the literary content of books, but rather the "bookness" of books.

A bibliography, the product of the practice of bibliography, is a systematic list of books and other works such as journal articles. Bibliographies range from "works cited" lists at the end of books and articles to complete, independent publications. As separate works, they may be in bound volumes such as those shown on the right, or computerised bibliographic databases. A library catalog, while not referred to as a "bibliography", is bibliographic in nature. Bibliographical works are almost always considered to be tertiary sources.

Bibliographic works differ in the amount of detail depending on the purpose, and can be generally divided into two categories: enumerative bibliography (also called compilative, reference or systematic), which results in an overview of publications in a particular category, and analytical, or critical, bibliography, which studies the production of books. [Belanger, Terry. " [http://www.bibsocamer.org/bibdef.htm Descriptive Bibliography] " Bibliographical Society of America, 2003. Excerpted from Jean Peters, ed., "Book Collecting: A Modern Guide" (New York and London: R. R. Bowker, 1977), 97-101.] [Harris, Neil. [http://ihl.enssib.fr/siteihl.php?page=56 Analytical bibliography: an alternative prospectus. Chapter 1. Definitions of bibliography, and in particular of the variety called analytical] . Institut d'histoire du livre, 2004.] In earlier times, bibliography mostly focussed on books. Now, both categories of bibliography cover works in other formats including recordings, motion pictures and videos, graphic objects, databases, CD-ROMs [Harmon, Robert B. "Elements of bibliography: a simplified approach". Rev. ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1989. p. 4. ISBN 0810822180.] and websites.

Etymology

The word "bibliographia" (βιβλιογραφία) was used by Greek writers in the first three centuries AD to mean the copying of books by hand. In the 12th century, the word started being used for "the intellectual activity of composing books". The 17th century then saw the emergence of the modern meaning, that of description of books. [Blum, Rudolf. "Bibliographia, an inquiry into its definition and designations". Translated by Mathilde V. Rovelstad. Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association ; Folkestone, Kent, England: Dawson, 1980. p. 12. ISBN 0838901468.]

Enumerative bibliography

A bibliography is a list, either indicative or comprehensive, of writings sharing a common factor: this may be a topic, a language, a period, or some other theme. One particular instance of this is the list of sources used or considered in preparing a work, sometimes called a "reference list".

Citation formats vary, but an entry for a book in a bibliography usually contains the following information:

* author(s)
* title
* publisher
* date of publication

An entry for a journal or periodical article usually contains:

* author(s)
* article title
* journal title
* volume
* pages
* date of publication

A bibliography may be arranged by author, topic, or some other scheme. Annotated bibliographies give descriptions about how each source is useful to an author in constructing a paper or argument. These descriptions, usually a few sentences long, provide a summary of the source and describe its relevance.

Bibliographies differ from library catalogs by including only relevant items rather than all items present in a particular library. However, the catalogs of some national libraries effectively serve as national bibliographies, as the national libraries own almost all their countries' publications.

Analytical bibliography

The critical study of bibliography can be subdivided into descriptive (or physical), historical, and textual bibliography. Descriptive bibliography is the close examination of a book as a physical object, recording its size, format, binding, and so on, while historical bibliography takes a broader view of the context in which a book is produced, in particular, printing, publishing and bookselling. Textual bibliography is another name for textual criticism.

Non-book material

Specialised bibliographies of non-book materials include:
* Discography — recorded music
* Filmography — films
* Theatreography — theatre credits
* Webliography — websites (the first use of the word "webliography" recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary dates from June 1995)

See also

* Citation
* Ibid / Op cit
* Reference management software / Citation creator
* List of bibliographies
* Library catalog

References


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