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Indexing Basics Online Workshop

Now available

Have you ever considered indexing as a career? Do you feel you might be an indexer at heart but would like to find out more about what the work really involves?

This online workshop caters both for absolute beginners and for those who have begun indexing training, perhaps working on Module A of the Society’s Training Course. It offers:

  • An overview of the indexing process and an introduction to some of the basic principles of good indexing

  • Powerpoint presentation with linked contents list so that you can refer back to particular sections easily

  • Thirteen practical exercises related to many of the topics, and including short indexing exercises, prepared by an experienced tutor who is also a practising indexer

  • Tutor support through email

  • A chance to ask questions through an optional Skype chat with the tutor about what it’s like to run your own freelance indexing business from home

The workshop is delivered as a powerpoint presentation with exercises interspersed throughout. Once you have completed the exercises you can contact the tutor by email with any questions or to elucidate any points you are not sure about.

The indexing exercises range in length from a  paragraph of text to a 20 page booklet: professional index solutions are provided, with notes, for comparison.

The workshop takes 6-7 hours to complete.

Content of workshop:


What is an index?
What makes a good index?
Human analytical indexing
Qualities and skills

Creating index entries

Deciding what to index
Significance and relevance
Term Selection
Names indexing
Different user groups

Developing the index

Alphabetical arrangement
Modifiers and qualifiers

Editing and checking

Editing process                   
Checking the index

Working Methods

Indexing software

Finding out more



The tutor for this workshop is Jan Worrall, who has been indexing since 1999 and has been a tutor for the SI training course since 2007. 


Non-members £120*; SI and SfEP members £90

*Non-members who subsequently join the Society after taking the workshop will receive a £30 discount off the cost of SI membership.

Comments from Previous Participants

This is just to let you know that I have passed the test for Module A and to say a big thank you for your online course. I truly believe that your course played a crucial part in guiding me and preparing me for the test.  The exercises have proved immensely helpful.

—   Sophia Avraam
Module A student



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