The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

The British Museum catalogue of Hebrew incunabula: an evaluation of its information design and indexes

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2006), 25, (1), 12–15.

Abstract

The British Museum’s catalogue of 15th-century Hebrew books was compiled by an authority on Hebrew incunabula. This review focuses on aspects of interest to indexers. The catalogue has a geographical arrangement that is not clearly represented in the running heads. The sequence of elements in the catalogue entries and the complex locators for quoted passages are unexplained. The introductions contain much information, but there is no subject index. There are too many separate indexes of names: authors, translators, printers, etc. The sequence of indexes and bibliographic references is poor. The scholarly catalogue is marred by errors and incorrect references.

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Weinberg, Bella Hass