The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Serials indexing: from journals to databases

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2009), 27, (1), 2–6.

Abstract

The user pool for these publications is vast, with access varying from professional-mediated searching to searchengine keyword searching by individuals at their home PC – just one consideration to be borne in mind during the indexing process, a process which differs in many aspects from back-of-the-book indexing. For example, terminology that develops over time needs to be cross-referenced in detail. Locators have to include year or volume number. Indexing of journal articles for databases requires the use of controlled vocabularies and thesauri. Newspaper indexes may include reference to columns, individual sections and different editions. And the cumulation of serials indexes needs careful management if consistency is to be maintained, something which may militate against interim indexing through the year, although this does have advantages. Negotiation of staged payments is acceptable. An experienced serials indexer helps you through the maze.

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Barlow, Caroline