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A Brief History of Bibliographies

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Each bibliography must have an introduction and/or a preface. For example, the Antarctic Bibliography covers all disciplines related to the region including biological and geological sciences, medical sciences, meteorology, oceanography, atmospheric and terrestrial physics, expeditions, logistics equipment and supplies, and tourism. A bibliography can be without peer, like the Année Philologique, containing citations of all known scholarly work on classical antiquity published in any language, anywhere in the world. A bibliography can also be written over a long period of time like that of Juliette Ernst, who worked with Marouzeau from the earliest years, and whose heroic efforts kept the bibliography alive during the Second World War, succeeding his predecessor as director in 1965.

There can also be an XHTML version of a bibliography. Bibliographies can be written produced continually over periods of time like The Influenza Bibliography that is produced every one / two months. A bibliography can be an ever growing one like the one that was initially intended to point researchers to materials specifically concerning the events of 11 September 2001, but has grown to over 700 pages of entries representing a range of materials that, while spread across several decades and across large geographical regions, and cannot be divorced from the phenomenon of terrorist acts committed against the US.

A bibliography can also present a sampling of the materials available through the FDLP and on the Internet, but no one can claim that it is exhaustive-no document of this kind could be. The documents included in any bibliography should cover a broad range of subjects that may be produced by many government entities. For example, since 1933, the Victorian Bibliography has listed noteworthy publications (including articles, books, and reviews) that have a bearing on the Victorian period. Whereas the national bibliography records the publishing activity of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and as such is a measure of their intellectual output.