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The bibliography as a phenomenon originated in the scholarly community and developed from the 17th century onwards. The discovery of printing increased the scale and intensity of scientific communication. In scholarly communities bibliographies served two purposes: contact between scholars and exchange of research results.

The study of spirituality has produced its own assortment of bibliographic aids, notably reference works with selected lists of literature; spirituality journals with book reviews; and bibliographies, the main one being the Bibliographia Internationalis Spiritualitatis (BIS) with some 8,500 titles. In addition, bibliographic data from libraries and publishers are available online.

SPIRIN Bibliography will offer a selection of bibliographic data on the field of spirituality online.