The first bibliography of works about Montenegro was published in Italy in 1842. Since that time there have been a handful of other bibliographies, but nothing truly comprehensive until the Yugoslav national bibliography began in 1950. Some of the Yugoslav retrospective bibliographies also cover Montenegro. See the page entitled National Bibliography for Former Yugoslavia for titles that may be relevant to Montenegro. In 1989 the National Library in Cetinje began to produce a retrospective multi-volume set that will cover the entirety of Montenegrin publishing from 1494-1994 which, when completed, should greatly simplify research on publications from Montenegro. Current Montenegrin publications are covered in Bibliografija Jugoslavije, the national bibliography of Former Yugoslavia which is still being published even though it has changed its scope to provide coverage of only Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and parts of Bosnia and Hercegovina. For further reading on bibliography in Montenegro see the article entitled “Bibliografija” in Enciklopedija Jugoslavije, volume 1 [U of I Library Call Number: International & Area Studies Slavic– Former Yugoslav Reference 914.97 En16]. There is a section devoted just to Montenegro. A good summary of the history of publishing and current publishing practices in Montenegro is Vesna Vuckovic’s article “Publishing in Montenegro” which appeared in Slavic & East European Information Resources, 1:2/3, 2000, a special issue entitled “Publishing in Yugoslavia’s Successor States.” This article also discusses Montenegrin bibliography.
The online catalog of the Central National Library of Montenegro in Cetinje and other university and public libraries is available online. It is part of the COBISS system like those of the other countries that were republics in Former Yugoslavia. In February 2003 these countries (except Croatia) all came to an agreement involving mutual cooperation and shared cataloging using the COBISS system. Montenegro’s catalog is called COBISS.cg. Similar to other COBISS union catalogs you can search for an item in all of the participating libraries at one time. The COBISS interface allows for extensive searching parameters from simple to intermediate to advanced searching screens. No diacritics or fonts are necessary to achieve effective results. As of April 2010 the COBISS.cg contained 191.432 records from 26 participating libraries. See the image below for an online record of a 1990 edition of Njegos’ Gorski vijenac.
Crnogorska bibliografija. 1494-1994.
Cetinje: Centralna Narodna Biblioteka SR Crne Gore, 1989- .
U of I Library Call Number: International & Area Studies Slavic Former Yugoslavia Reference (Slavic) 016.949745 C869 v.1:1-v.1:10; v.2:1; v.3:1-v.3:8, v.3:11, v.3:13; v.4:2, v.4:3, no.1-3, v.4:4-5
This enormous retrospective bibliography, when completed, will cover all of the Montenegrin publishing output from 1494-1994. Volume 1 is monographic bibliography, volume 2 is serial bibliography, volume 3 is discussions, articles, and literary works in serial publications, and volume 4 is works about Montenegro in other languages. It is being compiled by scholars at the National Library in Cetinje.
The following list shows the scope of the volumes published to date: 1:1 – Izdanja Djurdje Crnojevic 1494-1496, 1:2 – Izdanja Bozidara i Vicenca Vukovica, Stefana Marinovica, Jakova od Kamene Reke, Jerolima Zagurovica, Jakova Krajkova, Dzovania Antonia Rampaceta, Marka i Bartolomea Djinamia 1519-1638, 1:3 – Monografske publikacije 1834-1918, 1:4 – Monografske publikacije 1919-1944, 1:5 – Monografske publikacije 1945-1965, 1:6 – Monografske publikacije 1966-1975, 1:7 – Monografske publikacije 1976-1980, 1:8 – Monografske publikacije 1981-1985, 1:9 – Monografske publikacije 1986-1989, 1:10 – Monografske publikacije 1990-1994, 2:1 – Serijske publikacije 1835-1984, 3:1 – Articles 1835-1885, 3:2 – Articles 1886-1905, 3:3 – Articles 1906-1918, 3:4 – Articles 1919-1929, 3:5 – Articles 1930-1935, 3:6 – Articles 1936-1944, 3:7 – Articles 1945-1950, 3:8 – Articles 1951-1955, 3:11 – Articles 1966-1970, 3:13 – Articles 1976-1978, 4:2 – Bibibliografija o Crnoj Gori na ruskom jeziku 1722-1989, 4:3:1 – Bibibliografija o Crnoj Gori na ceskom jeziku 1801-1991, 4:3:2 – Bibibliografija o Crnoj Gori na ceskom jeziku 1801-1991, 4:4-5 – Bibibliografija o Crnoj Gori na italijanskom jeziku 1532-1941/na engleskom jeziku 1593-1993.
Within these volumes the entries usually are arranged by subject. The serial volume is arranged in different chronological sections and then by title in each section. The volumes are very well-indexed with access via various indexes such as name, chronological, publisher, and subject indexes. See the image above right for entries from the monographic bibliography, volume 1:8 which appeared under the subject heading of religion and theology.
Cetinje: Centralna Narodna Biblioteka SR Crne Gore, 1955. 307 p.
U of I Library Call Number: International & Area Studies Slavic Former Yugoslavia Reference (Slavic) 016.914975 Od1p
Works published in Montenegro from 1494-1954 are the subject of this bibliography, but comprehensiveness was not the main goal of the bibliographers. They were trying to establish a rough description of more than 400 years of Montenegrin publishing history. Over 3600 items are listed by year of publication. Periodicals are interfiled with books with each issue being repeated each year it was published. This volume has been rendered less useful now that the more comprehensive title listed above has accumulated so many volumes, but since the above bibliography is not yet complete, this work could supplement research for certain years. Search for periodicals under “list,” “casopis,” “glasnik,” etc. No indexes are provided. The work was compiled by scholars at the National Library of Montenegro. See the entry below for a periodical entitled Pastir.
Martinovic, Niko S.. Cetinje: Centralna Narodna Biblioteka SR Crne Gore, 1959. 117 p.
U of I Library Call Number: International & Area Studies Slavic Former Yugoslavia Reference (Slavic) Q.016.94975 C33i v.1
This bibliography has essentially been superseded by Crnogorska bibliografija, 1494-1994 which is annotated above. It includes over 750 citations for books and periodicals from 1945-1958 in classified subject arrangement which is further enhanced by the presence of extensive indexing. There are indexes for author, translator, editor, publisher, printer, chronology, as well as separate name indexes for newspapers and journals. It does have some interesting introductory materials including statistics for Montenegrin publishing from 1945-1958. The compilation was based on what was received by the National Library in Cetinje under the depository laws and examination of the collections of other libraries. See the image below for an entry that appeared under the heading of “History of Law.”
Luketic, Miroslav . Cetinje: Centralna Narodna Biblioteka SR Crne Gore, 1977. 188 p.
U of I Library Call Number: Main Stacks 070.50949742 L96i
This bibliography has essentially been superseded by Crnogorska bibliografija, 1494-1994 which is annotated above. It includes almost 1400 citations for books, music, and brochures from 1965-1975 in classified subject arrangement which is further enhanced by the presence of an author/translator and name/subject index. It does have some interesting introductory materials including statistics for Montenegrin publishing from 1965-1975. The compilation was based on what was received by the National Library in Cetinje under the depository laws. See the image below for an entry that appeared under the heading of “Music Textbooks.”