The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Bias in indexing and loaded language

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (1991), 17, (3), 173–177.

Abstract

Indicates the betrayal of subjective opinion in indexing in five classes: reinforcement of the opinions of the author; deliberate interpolation of the attitudes of the indexer; rigid classification systems’ imposing assumptions; the selection of terminology implying attitudes; and suppression of ideas from the text in the index. Most important and pervasive is the selection and limitation of language.

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Bell, Hazel K.