noun, plural bib·li·og·ra·phies.
- 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.
noun plural -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
- the study of the history, classification, etc, of literary material
- a work on this subject
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.
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.