This course is designed as an introduction to indexing for editors and assumes no knowledge of indexing concepts at all. Editors or editing students who would like to develop a basic understanding of indexing will benefit greatly from this one-day course.
- Essential difference between a table of contents and an index.
- Purpose of the index
- Publishing process – how does the indexer get involved?
- What should the editor tell the indexer, and what does the editor need to supply?
- In what format will the indexer return the completed index?
Dedicated indexing software
Embedded indexing software
Headings (Keywords/Main headings)
Relationship of subheading to main heading
Prepositions and conjunctions
Logic of subheadings
Run-on and Set-out style
Signs and symbols
Order of words
Factors influencing the compilation of an index
Appropriateness of the index
Categories of subjects
Length of index
Number of indexes
Personal names - Western names, Asian names
Other proper names
see also references
Separating locators from headings
Tables, figures and glossary
Editing the index
- From the indexer's pespecitive
- From the editor's perspective (1) - Practicalities
Is the index alphabetical
Are there long strings of undifferentiated locators?
Unusual Latin expressions
Head note to explain symbols
From the editor’s perspective (2) – cutting the index down to size
Determining how much needs to be cut
Changing number of columns
Changing indexing style
Reducing turnover lines
Assessing an index – practical example
About the trainer: 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.
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Cancellation & Substitution
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