Universal Bibliography

Universal Bibliography


a term accepted in international usage to designate bibliography that serves all or many branches of learning and practical activity.

As a rule, universal bibliography classifies works in print according to their formal attributes, regardless of their content. In the USSR, according to GOST (All-Union State Standards) no. 16448–70, “Bibliographical Terms and Definitions,” the concept of universal bibliography is conveyed by the term universal’naia bibliografiia.


Krichevskii, G. G. Obshchie bibliografii zarubezhnykh stran. Moscow, 1962.
Gudovshchikova, I. V. Obshchaia mezhdunarodnaia bibliografiia bibliografii. Leningrad, 1969.
Briskman, M. A. “O poniatiiakh obshchei i spetsial’noi bibliografii.” In the collection Teoriia i istoriia bibliografii. Moscow 1969.
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The common hope of controlling the literary output of the many fields of learning is reflected in the early modem quest for a universal bibliography (Chartier, 1991), in the first efforts at modern knowledge classification developed by Francis Bacon (1606) in The Advancement of Learning and later applied to book collecting by eighteenth-century figures like Thomas Jefferson (Gilreath & Wilson, 1989), and underlies the application of these schemes to book and library classification in more recent times.
As early as 1545 the idea of a universal bibliography aroused the German-Swiss writer Conrad Gesner to compile his Bibliotheca universalis of all past and present writers.

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