This page is for students working on the 3rd edition of the Training Course. Students working on the 4th edition should refer to the 'General reference' pages in the Resource Centre of the training website.
You must own a good English language dictionary and have easy access (e.g. Internet or a library with up-to-date stock) to a range of encyclopaedias, directories, bibliographies and other reference sources.
Once you have successfully completed Unit A of the Training in Indexing course, you will need:
BS ISO 999: 1996 Information and documentation: Guidelines for the content, organization and presentation of indexes. London: BSI.
BS 1749: 1985 Alphabetical arrangement and the filing order of numbers and symbols. London: BSI.
The training course units refer to these standards frequently and they are central to indexing practice. You will also need them for completing the Self-administered Tests and the formal Test Papers.
Pat F. Booth, Indexing: the manual of good practice, K.G. Saur, 2001.
Glenda Browne and Jonathan Jermey, The indexing companion, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Glenda Browne and Jonathan Jermey, Website indexing, 2nd edn, Auslib, 2004.
Nancy C. Mulvany, Indexing books, 2nd edn, University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Names of persons: national usages for entry in catalogues, 4th edn, K.G. Saur, 1996.
Sherry L. Smith and Kari Kells, Inside indexing: the decision-making process, Northwest Indexing Press, 2005.
Do Mi Stauber, Facing the text: content and structure in book indexing, Cedar Row Press, 2004.
H.W. Wellisch, Indexing from A to Z, 2nd edn, H.W. Wilson, 1996.
Enid L. Zafran and Joan Shapiro (ed.), Starting an indexing business, 4th edn, Information Today, Inc., 2009
The ‘Further reading’ section in each Course Unit lists many other titles, each of which has been chosen for its contribution to the study and practice of indexing. Look at as many of them as possible.
J. Butcher, C. Drake and M. Leach, Butcher’s copy-editing, 4th edn, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Chicago manual of style, 15th edn, University of Chicago Press, 2005.
New Hart’s rules, Oxford University Press, 2005.
You should read as many different kinds of indexes, in print and online (computer-held) as you can find. For example:
In each case, note features such as:
Check the accuracy, adequacy and consistency of some of the entries by looking them up. Do they lead to something relevant and useful?
Read a few pages of the text, then check whether there are entries in the index under the headings you would expect.