Questions tagged [indexing]

This tag should be used for questions that deal with the indexing of written works, such as when asking a question about the page numbers in a novel or the index in academic writing.

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Should all books have page numbers?

I am interested in whether there are any compelling reasons why print books should always have page numbers. In particular, I am thinking of books comprising many elements that are each typically ...
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How do you build good per-book *and* global indexes?

For our SDK, we generate individual documents (PDFs) and one big HTML doc set (CHM file) from the same Docbook source. Each book has an index, and the HTML version has an integrated index that is the ...
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Is there a standard for what should be included in an index?

I have a non-fiction book that I want to create an index for. Is there any standard for what items should be included in an index? Some things are obvious like names and proper nouns. But, is there ...
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What do “p” and “pp” mean in the context of an index?

I am creating an index for a non-fiction book, and I am using LibreOffice writer. It has functions that help generate an index. When it does so, some of my entries look like this: stuff..... 9, ...
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Indexing: after or during the writing process

I use Latex for writing articles/papers/longer documents. Most of these documents are scientific in nature, and therefore it is often useful to add an index of the most important terms at the end of ...
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singular or plural for index entries

I am in the final stages of writing a book and currently I am preparing the index. Are there any rules whether index entries should be listed in singular or plural? Currently I have Markov chains, ...
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Indexing a long title with multiple parts and “The” at the beginning

In indexing a lengthy, clumsy title like this: The Orphans, The First Day: The Blue Sedan I'm wondering where the ", The" should be placed: Orphans, The, The First Day: The Blue Sedan ...
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How do I index an author who published with and without middle initial?

How do I index an author who published articles with and without middle initial? For example, I cite an author who published as J. Bloggs, An important paper, Some Journal, 1993 and J. Z. Bloggs, ...
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Where should index and glossary appear in a report?

I am writing my thesis and now wonder whether I should typeset index and glossary as an appendix or after them. There's no department-level accepted writing style, so my adviser's opinion might be ...
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Create automatic index from text document

Is there some software which can automatically do a basic index from my Text document (MS Word) for me? I have written multiple speaker text's (each 2-3 MS Word pages in german language) for videos I ...
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Including the main topic word(s) in the subject index

Is it considered good practice to include chapter/section main topic words into the subject index? Suppose I have a section on Foobar. It naturally frequently mentions foobars. Should I include any/...