What Does Arachniography Mean?

An arachniography is the web-based counterpart of a bibliography. Instead of a collection of book sources, it is a collection of website addresses written in a format similar to that of a bibliography.


Its purpose is still to act as a list of references that a certain literary work used. The term was coined by Andrew J. Butrica of NASA.

Techopedia Explains Arachniography

An arachniography may be considered as a form of bibliography, but it contains sources purely taken from published work on the web, and not from actual published books or other printed literature.

The name was coined by Andrew J. Burtica of NASA who created a web-based bibliography for NASA’s X-33 project.

“Biblio” would not fit the particular neologism. Burtica first considered the word webography but thought that the word origins weren’t meaningful enough. He then asked his brother, James, a professor at Canada’s Memorial University for a classical word relating to web.

Andrew was pointed to the Greek word “arachne” which means both a spider and its web, and the word arachniography was born.


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