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The Indexing Companion

The Indexing Companion


  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521689885

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  • The Indexing Companion, first published in 2007, gives an overview of indexing for professional indexers, editors, authors, librarians and others who may be called upon to write, contribute to, edit or commission an index. It covers basic principles as well as examining controversial areas. It is based on publishing standards, textbooks, and the consensus of the indexing community, gained from participation in various mailing lists. It discusses a wide range of document formats and subjects that require indexing, as well as dipping into new topics on the edge of indexing such as folksonomies and the semantic web. Some people consider indexing to be a dry topic - at the end of this book people should be thinking of indexing as a challenging and rewarding profession.

    • This book comes from an Australian background, but it is also international as we share indexing standards and textbooks
    • We cover the widest range of indexing of any indexing textbook, giving a clear introduction to many topics of interest to indexers, which they might not fully understand
    • It discusses options for the future, as some indexing jobs are in decline, while other opportunities are growing
    • It gives a good background to a wide range of computer programs, including some recent developments
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    'The Indexing Companion is a well-titled and valuable book. … A strong point of the book is its structure and organisation of tis contents.' Webology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521689885
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Indexing work environment
    2. Definitions and standards
    3. Planning indexes
    4. Concept analysis
    5. Term selection - topics and names
    6. Term selection - issues
    7. Term selection - different formats
    8. Term selection - controlled vocabularies
    9. Structure of indexes
    10. Quality control and interoperability
    11. Specialised source material - formats, subjects and genres
    12. Software and hardware
    13. Threats and opportunities in indexing
    14. References.

  • Authors

    Glenda Browne
    Glenda Browne has been an indexer and librarian for 20 years. She teaches indexing for various universities, colleges and professional associations, and writes regularly for the ANZSI Newsletter and the international journal, The Indexer.

    Jon Jermey
    Jon Jermey is also a freelance indexer, teacher and writer. He currently teaches computing for WEA (Workers' Education Association).

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