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    Indexing Books

    ISBN-10: 0226552764
    ISBN-13: 9780226552767
    Edition: 2nd 2005
    Author(s): Nancy C. Mulvany
    Description: Since 1994, Nancy Mulvany's "Indexing Books has been the gold standard for thousands of professional indexers, editors, and authors. This long-awaited second edition, expanded and completely updated, will be equally revered. Like its predecessor,  More...
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    Edition: 2nd
    Copyright Year: 2005
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Publication Date: 11/1/2005
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 320
    Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.232
    Language: English

    Since 1994, Nancy Mulvany's "Indexing Books has been the gold standard for thousands of professional indexers, editors, and authors. This long-awaited second edition, expanded and completely updated, will be equally revered. Like its predecessor, this edition of "Indexing Books offers comprehensive, reliable treatment of indexing principles and practices relevant to authors and indexers alike. In addition to practical advice, the book presents a big-picture perspective on the nature and purpose of indexes and their role in published works. New to this edition are discussions of "information overload" and the role of the index, open-system versus closed-system indexing, electronic submission and display of indexes, and trends in software development, among other topics. Mulvany is equally comfortable focusing on the nuts and bolts of indexing--how to determine what is indexable, how to decide the depth of an index, and how to work with publisher instructions--and broadly surveying important sources of indexing guidelines such as "The "Chicago Manual of Style, Sun Microsystems, Oxford University Press, "NISO TR03, and "ISO 999. Authors will appreciate Mulvany's in-depth consideration of the costs and benefits of preparing one's own index versus hiring a professional, while professional indexers will value Mulvany's insights into computer-aided indexing. Helpful appendixes include resources for indexers, a worksheet for general index specifications, and a bibliography of sources to consult for further information on a range of topics. "Indexing Books is both a practical guide and a manifesto about the vital role of the human-crafted index in the Information Age. As the standardindexing reference, it belongs on the shelves of everyone involved in writing and publishing nonfiction books.

    Introduction to Book Indexing Information Overload Open-system vs. Closed-system Indexing
    The Future of the Book
    The Index as Paratext
    The Long History of Indexes
    What Is an Index? The Purpose of an Index
    The Audience: Who Uses Indexes?
    Terminology References
    The Author and the Index
    The Book Contract and the Index
    The Writing Process and the Index
    Who Should Prepare the Index?
    Relationship between Author and Indexer
    Getting Started
    The Book Production Process
    The Nature of Indexing Work
    What Not to Index
    What Is Indexable?
    How to Index the Indexable
    Material Interpreting the Publisher's Instructions
    Usability and Index
    Style Estimating the Size of an Index
    Structure of Entries
    External Structure
    Internal Structure
    Arrangement of Entries Order of Characters
    Word-by-Word Alphabetizing
    Letter-by-Letter Alphabetizing
    Basic Rules Affecting Both Alphabetizing
    Orders Other Alphabetizing Guidelines Nonalphabetic Arrangement in Indexes
    How to Choose an Arrangement Order
    Special Concerns in Indexing
    Abbreviations and Acronyms
    Uppercase and Lowercase Letters
    International Characters Numerals, Symbols, and Other Nonalphabetic
    Characters in Entries
    Multiauthored Works Multivolume Works
    Multiple Indexes
    Translations Single-source Indexing
    Names, Names, Names Personal Names
    Names with Only a Forename
    Roman Names
    Obscure Names
    Names with Particles Non-European
    Names Geographic
    Names Organization
    Names Alphabetizing of Names
    Names of Works
    Format and Layout of the Index
    Overall Index
    Style Indented
    Style Run-in Style
    Other Styles
    Cross-reference Format and Placement
    Special Typography Final Submission
    Formats Layout of the Index
    Editing the Index
    Editing by the Indexer
    Review by the Author
    Editing by the Editor
    Reducing the Length of an Index: Tips for Editors
    Revising an Index for a Revised Edition
    Tools for Indexing Manual Methods
    Automatic Indexing
    Computer-aided Indexing
    The Future
    Index Specifications Worksheet
    Resources for Indexers
    Professional Associations Standards Organizations
    Internet Discussion Group Training in Indexing
    Publishers of Dedicated Indexing
    Software Winners of the ASI-H
    Award for Excellence in Indexing
    Internet Resources

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