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The following list of books was compiled from the FAQ for the INDEX-L
mailing list on the Internet and the FAQ from the Indexing folder in the
Writers/Nonfiction library area of America Online.
_The Chicago Manual of Style_, 14th ed., Chapter 17, University of Chicago
"The thoroughly revised and updated edition of the one essential
reference for all who work with words -- writers, editors,
proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers."
"The revised chapter on indexing offers considerably more coverage
of computer-assisted indexing, including its advantages, its
risks, and its modifications of the process. It also provides
more examples and updates recommendations on style and method."
Available from the American Society of Indexers (ASI, at $30
for members, $40 for non-members; Chapter 17 alone is available
also from ASI at $5 for members, $6 for non-members.
_Directory of Indexing and Abstracting Courses and Seminars, 1992.
"Lists regional courses and seminars." Available from ASI at $10
for members, $15 for non-members.
_1992-1993 Directory of Publications Resources_, Editorial Experts, 1993.
"Includes books, periodicals, software, training opportunities,
professional organizations, contests, grammar hotlines, and
tools." Available from ASI at $10 for members, $15 for
_A Guide to Indexing Software_ by Linda K. Fetters, 4th ed., 1992.
"Evaluates 9 standalone indexing programs for IBM PC and
compatible computers." Available from ASI at $10 for members,
$15 for non-members.
_An Indexer's Guide to the Internet_ by Lori Lathrop, ASI, 1994.
"Describes the Internet and how to access it. Defines related
symbols, shorthand, jargon, and "netiquette." Lists and
describes types of files and services available, how to use FTP
(File Transfer Protocol), Telnet, and Simple Mail Transfer
Protocol." Available from ASI at $10 for members, $15 for non-
_Indexing: A Basic Reading List_ by Hans Wellisdh, 2nd ed., ASI, 1992.
"A best-selling biography listing items that cover the technical
aspects of writing an index for a book or a periodical."
Available from ASI at $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
_Indexing Biographies and Other Stories of Human Lives_ by Hazel Bell,
"Includes reviews of award-winning biographical indexes with
analysis of the book detailing how to deal with names, writing
and organizing subheadings, entries for main characters, and
index presentation and layout. A brief list of helpful reference
works is also included." Available from ASI at $12 for members,
$17 for non-members.
_Indexing Books_ by Nancy Mulvany, University of Chicago Press, 1994
"Covers the entire indexing process from marking page proofs
to editing the final index, working with authors and editors,
and using dedicated or embedded indexing software. Also includes
a collection of style specifications from a variety of
publishers." Available from ASI at $25 for members, $30 for
_The Art of Indexing_ by Larry Bonura, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1994.
Covers seven major indexing tasks: defining an index, determining
your audience, discerning the functions of an index, describing
the elements that make up an index, determining the size and
format of an index, creating an index, and editing an index for
content and format. $26.95
_Indexing Concepts and Methods_ by Harold Borko and Charles L. Bernier,
Academic Press, 1978.
Textbook covering all types of indexes.
_Indexing Electronic Images and Text_ by Bellardo, T., Fidel, R.,
Rasmussen, E., and Smith, P.J., eds, 1993
A collection of papers related to the design of information
access structures for the electronic environment.
_Indexing from A to Z_ by Hans Wellisch, H.W. Wilson, 1991.
"An encyclopedic work covering basic indexing techniques,
author-publisher-indexer relations, business considerations,
editing and proofreading, computer-assisted indexing, and many
other topics." Available from ASI. $35
_Indexing Specialized Formats and Subjects, ed. Hilda Feinberg, The
Scarecrow Press, 1983.
Addresses indexes of film or television, videotext, databases,
encyclopedias, newspapers, journals, maps, art, monographs, and
other types of material.
_Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting_ by Donald B. Cleveland and Ana
D. Cleveland, Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1990.
Discusses indexing and abstracting; provides information on
indexing concepts, types of indexes (for books, periodicals,
and information retrieval systems), vocabulary control, indexing
methods and procedures, and index evaluation.
_Indexing: The State of Our Knowledge and the State of Our Ignorance_,
edited by Bella Hass Weinberg, Learned Information, Inc., Medford, NJ
Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society
of Indexers, New York City, May 13, 1988. Also available from
NISO Standard, draft 4.0 is available from ASI (phone 512-749-4052, fax:
American Society of Indexers (ASI)
P.O. Box 386
Port Aransas, TX 78373
Tel: 512-749-4052, Fax: 512-749-6334
E-mail: asi -at- well -dot- sf -dot- ca -dot- us
Indexing and Abstracting Society of Canada (IASC)
Box 744, Station F
CANADA M4Y 2N6
National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS)
1429 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215-563-2406, Fax: 215-563-2848
Society of Indexers (SI)
16 Green Road
Birchington, ENGLAND CT79JZ
Australian Society of Indexers (AusSI)
GPO Box 1251L
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
E-mail: aussi -at- isb -dot- csiro -dot- au
Society for Technical Communications (STC)
901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 904
Arlington, VA 22203-1854
Tel./Fax: 703-522-2075, BBS: 703-522-3299
E-mail: stc -at- tmn -dot- com
Freelance Editorial Association
P.O. Box 38085
Cambridge, MA 02238-9998
Annual dues: $45
Editorial Freelancers Association
71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1504
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212-929-5400, Fax: 212-929-5439
Annual dues: $85 for members in the N.Y. area, $65 for non-residents
Newsletter (6 issues/year): free to members, $20/year for non-members
America Online (AOL) -- Indexing folder in the Writers/Editing and
Indexing Message Board: Active folder (getting more active all the time)
for discussions on a variety of indexing topics. Many professional
indexers participate and freely offer advice to newcomers and other
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The WELL -- Indexing discussion groups on standards, introductory material
on indexing, and embedded indexing software.