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: 1.496
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.

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
References
Index

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