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Without being overly prescriptive, the Workbook assists indexers to improve their skills by reinforcing basic indexing principles through the exercises, and by giving many examples of a number of specific indexing topics such as disambiguation, regionalisms and non-English names.

Although the exercises cover detailed aspects of indexing books and periodicals, they are not only concerned with the indexing task itself, but with everything the indexing profession entails. The Workbook is therefore most useful for the inexperienced indexer, but experienced indexers, too, will benefit from doing the exercises and considering the answers, which may throw new light on some common problems.

Book Indexing is a well-constructed, practical contribution to the education of information professionals. The answers are very full, covering 67 pages compared with 51 pages of questions. The examples range widely over many subjects, from car maintenance and ancient Babylon to medicine and cookery. Trainee indexers can never have too much practice, and this workbook is to be highly recommended to them.

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Many more experienced indexers would benefit from it too. Now we have a companion volume to the Companion, so to speak, extending the same engaging writing style to self-administered exercises and based on the same chapter layout with questions at the front and answers at the back, the sequence exactly mirroring discussion in the book. Progressing through the questions is delightfully straightforward, and as a former trainer myself, I was impressed by the clarity and appositeness of the examples chosen and the detailed and helpfully discursive answer sections: All in all, the workbook can be recommended as a useful refresher for experienced indexers, a splendid adjunct to the SI workshop programme for those still developing their skills set and an illuminating alternative approach for those having difficulty with the SI training course.

In Glenda Browne and Jon Jermey published a book, The Indexing Companion, as their contribution to the growing corpus of publications on indexing. This is an up-to-date resource on learning how to index and pays attention to many theoretical and practical issues of indexing.

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The book was written with two styles of indexes in mind: Two years later, Glenda Browne published a workbook which is designed to be used with the book indexing sections of The indexing companion. The sequence of exercises in the workbook matches the sequence of discussions in The indexing companion. Indexing is a crucial part of any information retrieval system.

It is a challenging task requiring paying attention to many theoretical and practical issues. While the move towards digital information systems and automated indexing is thought to have reduced the need for indexers in some areas, professional indexers are still much needed and as a matter of fact electronic environment has posed new challenges for the indexers.

The book ' The Indexing Companion ' written by two professional indexers is an up-to-date resource for learning how to index.

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The book consists of eleven chapters. The first two chapters of the book present some information about the basics of indexing. Chapter one, The Indexing Work Environment, introduces the industry and the people who provide the context for the indexing process. The chapter gives a good overview of the people with whom indexers need to work and cooperate.

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It presents some general information about indexing and indexers such as what an index is and what indexers do as well as some information about different working environments. The second chapter is about standards and definitions related to indexing. From the third chapter afterwards the content of the book is related to the actual process of indexing itself. The authors divide the indexing process into four main groups of steps including:.

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The third chapter discusses these steps by delineating the issues that need to be considered for planning an indexing project. The next three chapters chapters 4 to 6 deal with these issues. While chapter four dissects the issue of analysis of concepts, chapter five deals with term selection. The sixth chapter discusses controlled vocabularies, a critical issue in selecting terms that is applied in collection indexes rather than book-style indexes.

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The seventh chapter of the book has been allocated to the important issue of structuring indexes and it includes discussions about non-displayed index search design, notes in indexes, subheadings, cross references, locators, filing rules and a few other related topics. These have been dealt with in chapter eight.


Evaluation is critical especially for information retrieval tools and components. The evaluation section of the chapter is rather similar to a check list that indexers can check to be sure about the quality of the indexes they generate. This section could perhaps be somewhat extended given the importance of the issue of evaluation and wide range of issues pertinent to the quality of indexes and their usability.

The chapter also delineates the issues of consistency and interoperability.