The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Holding hands with the past: indexing historical documents

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2013), 31, (3), 95–105.


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Kate Mertes, with many years of indexing experience behind her, considers the problems posed by historical documents, including (as she puts it) the problems of language, too many cooks, meaning, terminology, spelling, names, intellectual approach, textual division/structure of the text, indexability and the rest! It’s all about crossing the historical divide.

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Mertes, Kate