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Open Access Environmental studies and natural history texts: indexing issues

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Abstract:

Texts on natural history, horticulture, and environmental topics present interesting challenges for indexers. Animal and plant names, the handling of hierarchical information, wide variations in scope and fluid terminology in evolving fields are all areas ripe for the picking, for endless debate on the best way to do it. Special text arrangements and features such as A–Z layouts and indexable lists, keys, and illustrations are common. This article introduces these issues and suggests practical indexing approaches that can be applied to other subject areas as well.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-06-01

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  • The Indexer is published by the Society of Indexers on behalf of all the indexing societies, seeks to cover the full range of subjects, from articles at the cutting edge of new techniques to contributions discussing in a practical way the new tools available to indexers at all points in the technical spectrum or exploring the history of indexing. Its extensive reviews section covers both printed and electronic material, including websites and hardware and software of interest to the indexer, while 'Indexes Reviewed' highlights some of the best (and worst) examples of indexing in action. And, in 'Around the World', it keeps readers up to date with what is going on across the international indexing community. First published in 1958 on a twice-yearly basis, it moved in 2008 to a quarterly publication.
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