Advanced indexing

By Max McMaster

23 March 2013 (Sat)
9.30am – 5.30pm

Singapore Training & Development Association (STADA)
LTC Building D, #06-01
16 Arumugam Road, Singapore 409961


Course Fee: $280.00

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This one-day course is primarily aimed at indexers, but editors who are either involved in commissioning indexes and need to assess the finished index, or are also responsible for the creation of indexes will gain substantially from this course.

Subject Analysis

  • Audience
  • Selection of terms
  • Creating/structuring headings
  • Creating/structuring subheadings
    - Placement of prepositions and conjunctions
  • Length of headings/subheadings
  • Double posting versus cross-references

Specific Indexing Issues

  • Asian names - Chinese, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Indian, Japanese, etc.
  • Military ranks
  • Honorifics (e.g. Dr, Prof, Ms)
  • Cited Authors
  • Endnotes and footnotes
  • Illustrations (photos, tables, graphs, maps, etc.)
    - Dealing with drop-in (unpaginated) text
    - Designer issues affecting the index
  • Fictional characters
  • Numbers as headings or parts of headings and subheadings


Copyright issues
New editions of a work
Converting an overseas published text to a local one
Updating, e.g. annual report
Updating, e.g. annual journal index


The role of indexes

Quoting for the indexing job

Per page rate method
Per locator rate method
Hourly rate method
Comparison of methods - which is best?

Specific text types and their issues

  • Biographies
    - Family name
    - Preferred index structure
  • Scholarly work
    - Subject knowledge of the indexer
    - Number of levels of entries
  • Government reports - general reports and annual reports
  • Legal books
    - Acts of Parliament
    - Case law
  • Textbooks (secondary and tertiary)
  • Trade titles (popular works)
  • Children's (non-fiction) books
  • Cookbooks
  • Journals/Magazine

Embedded indexing

Advantages/disadvantages of indexing using InDesign, Word, Framemaker, etc.

Authors list of keywords

Advantages/disadvantages of the authors list of terms for the indexer

About the trainer: Max McMaster

Max McMaster

Max McMaster has been a freelance indexer for the past 20 years, working on the indexing of books, databases and journals. He specialised in indexing after spending 19 years in library and information fields, mainly in scientific disciplines. He has more than 1950 indexes to his name. Max runs indexing training courses for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), as well as other organisations and universities throughout Australia. Max is also an instructor for the online indexing course run through the University of California, Berkeley. He is a three-time winner of the ANZSI Medal for book indexing and is currently an ANZSI Council member. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Registration Details

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.

All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances ( E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.