The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Disclaimers in indexes and databases

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2006), 25, (2), 114–118.

Abstract

The serendipitous discovery of a legal disclaimer at the head of a table of contents (which was termed an index) stimulated research on the phenomenon of disclaimers in indexes and databases. Definitions of disclaimer in British and American legal dictionaries are provided, and the concept is discussed in relation to introductory notes in indexes, disclaimers in reference publications – including websites – and information malpractice.

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Commerce Bank (2003) Cash reserve. Cherry Hill, N.J.: Commerce Bank Consumer Credit Department. Google Scholar

Committee of publishers and associations on bar cooperation (1941) Declaration of principles jointly adopted by a Committee of publishers and associations on bar cooperation and the American bar association‘ s standing committee on unauthorized practice of the law. Google Scholar

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Sauk County Register of Deeds (2005) Online disclaimer. Baraboo, WI. http://landshark.co.sauk.wi.us/LandShark/about.jsp?aboutkey=Disclaimer (accessed 12 September 2006). Google Scholar

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Weinberg, Bella Hass (1999) Indexes and religion: reflections on research in the history of indexes. The Indexer 21(3), 111–18. Indexes and religion: reflections on research in the history of indexes The Indexer 21 111 18 Google Scholar

Weinberg, Bella Hass (2004) Indexing: it’s the law! The Indexer 24(2), 79–82. Indexing: it’s the law! The Indexer 24 79 82 Google Scholar

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