(拙論「英文学専攻者のための書誌学教育」『筑波大学・言語文化論集』第15号、1983より抜粋)。なお、意味のわかりにくい用語や見慣れない文献について詳しく知りたい場合は、古いながら R.B. McKerrow: An Introduction to Bibliography (1926) が一番魅力的である。その他、Philip Gaskell: A New Introduction to Bibliography (1972) など多数ある。英米のこの方面の入門書・解説書は、なるべく有名学者によって文学専攻者向けにかかれたものを参照されたい。日本同様に英米においても図書館学専攻者用に書かれたものには正確さを欠いたり中途半端な記述のものが少なくない。
1. Compare imprint and colophon -- check correspondence.
2. Check details of printer (e.g. in Dictionary of Printers and Booksellers).
3. Check entries in STC, Greg's Bibliography of English Printed Drama, Arber's Transcript of Stationer's Register and Greg and Boswell's Records of the Court of the Stationer's Comany.
4. Make bibliographical description (check if there is a registerr).
5. Give make-up of book (Contents etc.).
6. Check pagination or foliation
7. Check catchwords and running titles (for literal exactness) and signatures.
8. Check chain lines and watermark; identify watermark, if possible, in Heawood and Briquet.
9. Count lines per page.
10. Measure widths of lines -- note especially turned back lines shorter than normal full width. (See The Library, Sept. 1972)
11. Check pages for conjugacy.
12. Note if there are any press figures.
13. Check appearance of ormaments, woodcuts, title page borders, etc. in MeKerrow & Ferguson, Plomer, Hodnett.
14. Measure type size. (See Gaskell pp. 13 and ff.)
15. Try running title analysis and get out skeleton formes.
16. Note arrangement of stage directions.
17. Note arrangement and abbreviation of speech headings.
18. Check completeness of entrance and exit.
19. Check use of italics (e.g. for proper names) within the text.
20. Note anything significant in reference to production, text, authorship, etc. in title page, dedication, etc.