The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Cataloging rules and tools: an aid for the indexing of names

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2012), 30, (4), 186–190.


Indexers like catalogers must determine how to format personal names. This is generally not a problem for westernstyle names but other names can pose difficulties. Indexers try to follow the usage of the author but it may not always be clear which element of the name to file on. In those cases, the oft repeated advice is to follow AACR2. However, what this means and how to apply this advice is not always obvious to non-catalogers. This article looks at the use of AACR2 to resolve sorting issues, the future of AACR2, and more recent additions to online cataloging tools that may be of use to indexers with or without access to AACR2.

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Spidal, Debra