Cheryl Lemmens Indexing and Editorial Services

Cheryl Lemmens - Indexing and Editorial Services

Book Indexing • Web Site Indexing • Editing



This section includes print and online resources on book and Web site indexing, as well as editorial guides and resources on Web site usability and related topics.

Web Sites: OrganizationsSpecial Interest GroupsListservs and Discussion GroupsTraining

Books: Book Indexing - GeneralBook Indexing - SpecificWeb IndexingEditorialWeb UsabilityWeb - Specific Topics

Articles: Web IndexingIndexing Fiction

Web Sites

Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d'indexation (ISC / SCI)

American Society for Indexing (ASI)
Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB)
Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI)
China Society of Indexers (Web site is in Chinese only)
Deutsches Netzwerk der Indexer (DNI)
Nederlands Indexers Netwerk (NIN)
Society of Indexers (U.K.)
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Web Indexing SIG
Newly reorganized in January 2005; affiliated with the ASI

A complete list of SIGs, most of which are affiliated with the ASI, can be found on the society's Web site.

Listservs and Discussion Groups
Listserv for indexers around the world (membership optional)
Web Indexing Discussion Group
"An open forum for professional indexers who specialize in writing indexes for web sites," as well as for those "interested in learning about web indexing, and web site creators/editors interested in indexing" (membership required)
Listserv primarily for students taking the USDA indexing courses, but open to anyone interested in indexing (membership required)
Basic Indexing
(USDA correspondence course - highly recommended)
Applied Indexing
(USDA correspondence course)
(one-day workshop offered each year by the Editors' Association of Canada) - see the EAC Seminars page for more information

A complete list of indexing courses and workshops is available on the ASI Web site.

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Book Indexing — General
• Glenda Browne and Jon Jermey, The Indexing Companion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Indexes: A Chapter from the Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003)
• Nancy Mulvany, Indexing Books, 2nd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005)
• Do Mi Stauber, Facing the Text: Content and Structure in Book Indexing (Eugene, Ore.: Cedar Row Press, 2004)
• Hans H. Wellisch, Indexing From A to Z (New York: H.W. Wilson, 1991)
Book Indexing — Specific Topics
• Hazel K. Bell, Indexing Biographies and Other Stories of Human Lives, 3rd ed. (London: Society of Indexers, 2004; Society of Indexers Occasional Papers on Indexing, No. 1)
• Janet Perlman, ed., Running an Indexing Business (Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc., in association with the American Society of Indexers, 2001)
Web Site Indexing
• James A. Lamb, Website Indexing: Visitors to Content in Two Clicks (Ardleigh, England: James A. Lamb, 2006)
Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers, 15th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005)
• Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5th ed. (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1999)
• J.A. McFarlane and Warren Clements, Globe and Mail Style Book: A Guide to Language and Usage, 9th ed. (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003)
Web Site Usability
• Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton, Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, 2nd ed. (New Haven, Ct.: Yale University Press, 2002)
• Jakob Nielsen, Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity (Indianapolis, Ind.: New Riders, 1999)
• Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir, Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed (Indianapolis, Ind.: New Riders, 2002)
• Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (Sebastopol, Ca.: O'Reilly & Associates, 1998)
• Jared Spool et al., Web Site Usability: A Designer's Guide (San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann, 1999)
Web Sites — Specific Topics
• Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo, The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources (Medford, N.J.: CyberAge Books, 2004)
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Web Site Indexing

• American Society of Indexers (ASI), Indexing the Web.
• Kevin Broccoli, Indexes: An Old Tool for a New Medium. Web Indexing SIG site. Originally published in Contentious (November 17, 1998).
• __________, Window on Web Indexing: A Look at the Future of Web Indexing. TennWords: Newsletter of the Tennessee Regional Group of the ASI (September 10, 1998).
• Chiara Fox, Sitemaps and Site Indexes: What They Are and Why You Should Have Them. Boxes and Arrows (September 8, 2003).
• Heather Hedden, A-Z Website Indexes Explained. (December 6, 2004).
• Lori Lathrop, Considerations in Indexing Online Documents. Boulder Writers Alliance (BWA) Web site (July 1996).
• Fred Leise, Improving Usability with a Website Index. Boxes and Arrows (July 15, 2002).
• Jakob Nielsen, Site Map Usability. Alertbox (January 6, 2002).
• Jared M. Spool et al., Why On-Site Searching Stinks. In "Articles & Resources" section of User Interface Engineering site.
Indexing Fiction
• Hazel K. Bell, Indexing Fiction: A Story of Complexity. Originally published in The Indexer, Vol. 17, No. 4 (October 1991).
• Hazel K. Bell, Should Fiction be Indexed? The Indexability of Text. Originally published in The Indexer, Vol. 18, No. 2 (October 1992).
• Mary Ann Chulick, The Mysteries of Fiction Indexing. Leverage Technologies Web site.

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