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.

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

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.

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