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Printed Bibliographies. English 650 James M. Hutchisson. Enumerative Bibliographies. generally list items or catalogues of what exists (by a certain writer, on a subject, in a library); no attempt to summarize or to produce a qualitative assessment of individual items;

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printed bibliographies

Printed Bibliographies

English 650

James M. Hutchisson

enumerative bibliographies
Enumerative Bibliographies
  • generally list items or catalogues of what exists (by a certain writer, on a subject, in a library);
  • no attempt to summarize or to produce a qualitative assessment of individual items;
  • if the item exists and fits the editorial criteria, then it is included
annotated bibliographies
Annotated Bibliographies
  • similar to enumerative but include synopsis or commentary on its contents
  • abstracting tools, such as Dissertation Abstracts International, also this type.
annotated bibliographies4
Annotated Bibliographies
  • annotated bibliographies are not necessarily better than enumerative ones
  • always review the introductory sections to see if the bibliography will suit your needs; how up-to-date is it?
  • how comprehensive?
    • are foreign languages included?
    • how is it organized? (by work? by year? by author?)
    • does it contain primary and secondary works?
    • does it have a good subject or author index?
primary versus secondary bibliographies
Primary versus Secondary Bibliographies
  • Primary bibliographies list the works by an author
  • Secondary bibliographies list the works written by others about the author
    • Literary criticism – academic articles
    • Other books and articles on an author
    • Writing in the popular media – magazines, newspapers, etc.
    • Writing in reference works -
    • Reviews of the primary works by the author
descriptive or analytic bibliogs
Descriptive or Analytic Bibliogs
  • Not concerned with secondary sources
  • Mainly for book collectors and textual bibliographers
  • Physically analyze the production of editions and printings, etc.
    • Printing or impression: one run through the printer of the text, bound and distributed
    • Edition: one version of the text set in type.
      • There can be multiple printings of a single edition
old definition of bibliography
Old Definition of Bibliography
  • "What the bibliographer is concerned with is pieces of paper or parchment with certain written or printed signs. With these signs he [/she] is concerned merely as arbitrary marks; their meaning is no business of his [/hers].“
  • Sir Walter Wilson Greg (1911)
newer definition of bibliography
Newer Definition of Bibliography:
  • "... bibliography is the discipline that studies texts as recorded forms, and the process of their transmission, including their production and reception ....
  • Fredson Bowers (1968)
preventing information overload
Preventing Information Overload
  • Locate sources of information Resist the urge to make final judgments right away.
  • Review the sources of information to determine which ones are most important/interesting.
  • Try to examine each relevant source hands-on.
  • Focus on your task. Allowing for the benefits of idle curiosity or following your nose
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