The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Term selection

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2018), 36, (2), 48–55.

Abstract

Term selection is one of the most difficult things indexers do, and one of the least discussed. The author dissects the term selection process by looking at metatopic relevance, literary warrant, audience, terminological meaning and use, chapter titles and bold headings, double-barreled entries, cross-references and double-posting, clumping/splitting, space issues, analysis of complex topics, and substantiveness as a means of teasing out the patterns and pathways of the indexing mindset.

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Mulvany, N. (2005) Indexing books, 2nd edn. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Indexing books Google Scholar

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Mertes, Kate