According to the British indexing standard (BS3700:1988), an index is a systematic arrangement of entries designed to enable users to locate information in a document. The process of creating an index is called indexing, and a person who does it is called an indexer. (From ASI's FAQ What is Indexing?)
Definitions of Indexing:
||(in a nonfiction book, monograph, etc.) a more or less detailed alphabetical listing of names, places, and topics along with the numbers of the pages on which they are mentioned or discussed, usually included in or constituting the back matter.
||a sequential arrangement of material, esp. in alphabetical or numerical order.
||something used or serving to point out; a sign, token, or indication: a true index of his character.
||something that directs attention to some fact, condition, etc.; a guiding principle.
||a pointer or indicator in a scientific instrument.
We live in a world filled with information, but not all information is easily findable or well organized and is much like the age-old issue of finding a needle in a haystack. An index can help resolve that whether for print or electronic information. An index will benefit the value, quality and usability of an information source. An index is both a research tool and a finding aid. An index uncovers the aboutness or metatopics of an information source essentially uncovering and highlighting important points from within a text. Indexers are trained professionals who perform indexing work using a combination of office productivity tools and indexing software.
Our Specialties for Print and Web Based Indexes:
- Web Site Indexing & A-to-Z lists
- Liberal Arts
- Music, Arts & Crafts
- Archaeology & Anthropology
- History, Biographies & Genealogy
- Business & Marketing
- Cookbooks & Nutrition
- Technical Manuals & Computer Science
- Library Science, Literacy, & Education
- Gardening, Sustainable Living, Eco-awareness, & Green Living
- Consumer Health, Sports & Recreation
- Hiking & Travel Guides
- Transportation & Mass Transit
- Age appropriate indexing for children's and young adult materials
Our clients include authors, editors, publishers, librarians, researchers, and educational, business and non-profit organizations.
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Resources: American Society for Indexing
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. ~Dr. Carl Sagan