The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Indexing a Bibliographical Guide

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (1975), 9, (3), 93–100.

Abstract

Indexing of a large collection of scientific literature abstracts differs from that of a complete volume of uniform textual matter. The approach to the indexing of a collection of over 4,000 abstracts from the literature on non-ferrous metals is discussed, and special features of author and subject indexes are given, with some observations on the use of “see” and “see also” references. Pros and cons of continuous progressive, as opposed to terminal, indexing are examined.

Included are calculations and formulae, basedon these indexes, which may be used to estimate the number of author entries and subject index terms in a comparable index to a volume of scientific abstracts, related to a postulated number of abstracts, lite contribution concludes with notes on the records used and procedure followed in compiling the index.

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Boodson, K.