The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Indexing databases for our users, not ourselves

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2018), 36, (3), 105–108.

Abstract

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder – and the usefulness of an index is decided by the user. Valerie Nesset argues that indexers of online databases will produce a more acceptable product if they focus on the user rather than on traditional indexing methods.

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