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Indexing Biographies By Hazel K. Bell
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Books dealing with human lives — be they history, biography, autobiography (including diaries), letters or fiction — can be difficult to index. Precisely defined concepts from a thesaurus... More > cannot be used, and the indexer often has to make subjective judgements as to the choice of language for index entries. Topics discussed include: * whether fiction should be indexed; * examples of outstanding indexes; * analysing the text before starting to index; * dealing with names; * avoiding bias; * the merits of different arrangements (alphabetical, chronological, page-order and theme-by-theme); * how best to deal with the ‘mighty main character’ who may be mentioned on most pages and whose main entry can become overloaded with subheadings; * and, conversely, what to do about minor mentions (why strings of undifferentiated page numbers are sometimes unavoidable in narrative indexing); * the importance of presentation and layout.< Less