World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0033447383
Reproduction Date:

Title: Metabibliography  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Guide to information sources, Bibliography, Bibliographic Index, Reference works, Information science
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


A metabibliography (or biblio-bibliography) is a bibliography of bibliographies.

Bibliographies serve the finding of relevant documents. Metabibliographies serve the finding of the relevant bibliographies in which the relevant documents may be found. One might quote Patrick Wilson:

"For if knowledge is power, power over knowledge is power to increase one's power; and if the stock of writings is thought of mainly as it represents a stock of knowledge, it is natural to propose treating it as a "resource" to be subjected to rational control, managemenet and utilization." (Wilson, 1968, p. 145).

However, in reality metabibliographies are not the most valuable among information resources. They are valuable for building reference collections, but usually of less interest to the average user, who rely on bibliographies selected by others.


  • Balay, R. (Ed.). (1996). Guide to reference books. 11th ed. Chicago: American Library Association. Now as an online service: Guide to reference (2008- ).
  • Besterman, T. A. (1965-1966). A world bibliography of bibliographies and of bibliographical catalogues, calendars, abstracts, digests, indexes and the like. 4. Ed. Vol. 1-5. Totowa.
  • Bibliographic index. A cumulative bibliography of bibliographies. New York : Wilson, 1938-. Vol. 1-. (terminated). Retrieved from:
  • Carroll, B. A.; Fink, C. F. & Mohraz, J. E. (Eds.). (1983). Peace and war. A guide to bibliographies. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-Clio. (War/peace bibliography series. #16 ).
  • "Dialindex" (File 411). Dialog. (See Dialog blue sheet:
  • Gale Directory of online, portable, and internet databases. (See: Dialog blue sheet:
  • Lester, R. (Ed.). (2005-). The New Walford Guide to reference rsources Vol. 1-3. (Vol. 1, 2005: Science, Technology and Medicine. Vol. 2, 2007: The Social Sciences; Vol. 3, 2013: The Arts: Visual Arts, Music, Language and Literature. (1st edition published 1959).
  • Totok, W. & Weitzel, R. (Eds.). (1984-1985). Handbuch der bibliographischen Nachschlagewerke. Hrsg. v. Hans-Jürgen und Dagmar Kernchen. 6., erw., völlig neu bearb. Aufl. Frankfurt a.M. : Klostermann. (2 Vols).
  • Webb, W. H. et al. (Ed.). (1986). Sources of information in the social sciences. A Guide to the literature. 3. ed. Chicago : American Library Association.

See also


  • Wilson, Patrick (1968). Two kinds of Power: an essay on bibliographical control. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.