Authoritative works

Facing the Text by Do Mi Stauber, 2004

Handbook of Indexing Techniques by Linda K. Fetters, 2013

Indexing Books by Nancy C. Mulvany, 2005

Indexing from A to Z by Hans Wellisch, 1996


Copyright Basics, University of California

Copyright and Fair Use, Standford University

Copyright and Moral Rights, Society for Indexers (UK)

U.S. Copyright Law, U.S. Copyright Office, 2011

Embedded and ebook indexing


Context matters: Search can’t replace a high-quality index: Kevin Broccoli on the importance of indexes in ebooks by Joe Wikert, 2012

Digital Trends Task Force, American Society for Indexing

Embedded Indexes: A Trend in Indexing by Sue Klefstad, 2015

Embedded Indexing by James Lamb, 2005

EPUB 3.0.1 Standard, International Digital Publishing Forum, 2015

EPUB Standard and Ebook Indexes by Glenda Browne, 2014

How to Make an Ebook Index: Five Tips by Nancy K. Humphreys, 2012

Index for The Indexer. See embedded indexing; XML indexing

Indexes in eBooks, Executive Summary by Dave Ream, 2014

List of articles by Lucie Haskins

The Matrix: Creating an Active Index in all kinds of formats, from all kinds of tools by Jan Wright, Glenda Browne, Michele Combs, David Ream and Pilar Wyman, 2013

Single Source Indexing by Jan Wright, 2001

XML indexing by Publishing Technology Group of Society of Indexers



Framemaker 12

InDesign CC

Which is better: FrameMaker or InDesign? by David Blatner, 2013


ePubCheck and ePubPack


How Do DEXembed and WordEmbed Work? by Lucie Haskins, 2012

IXgen by Frank Stearns Associates (for Adobe FrameMaker)

Kerntiff Publishing Systems Index Utilities (for Adobe InDesign)

WordEmbed by James Lamb (for MS Word)

Kindle Direct Publishing Creators

Ethics and Professionalism

A Code of Ethics, Harold Borko and Charles Bernier, 1978

Code of Professional Conduct, Society for Indexers, 2014

Ethical places, Ethical Spaces: Stopping to Listen by Christine Jacobs, 2007

Professionalism and the Indexer by Jill Halliday, 2015


ANSI/NISO Z39-19-2005 : Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies

Best Practices for Indexing by American Society for Indexing, 2015

Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition

Indexing Best Practices by Institute of Certified Indexers

ISO 999:1996 : Guidelines from Content, Organization, and Presentation of Indexes

NISO-TR02-1997 : Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices (Anderson)

NISO TR03-1999 : Guidelines for Alphabetical Arrangement of Letters and Sorting of Numerals and Other Symbols(Wellisch)

Heading authorities

HURIDOCS – How to Record Names of Persons, 2001

Indexing Names, ed. by Noeline Bridge, 2012

Library of Congress Authorities

Virtual International Authority File

WorldCat, OCLC


“Index: The Word, Its History and Meanings” in Indexing from A to Z, Second Edition  by Hans Wellisch, page 200-210

Indexes, Encyclopaedia Britannica

The Oldest Printed Indexes by Hans Wellisch, 1986

How to

“From A to Zafran” articles, Enid Zafran, Indexing Partners

Index for Key Words, American Society for Indexing

Index Editing/Review

Index Editing Checklist, Chicago Manual of Style 16.133

Index Evaluation Checklist, American Society for Indexing

Ten Tips for Spotting a Bad Index, Nancy K. Humphreys, Wordmaps Indexing


American Society for Indexing (ASI)

Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB)

Australia and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI, formerly AusSI)

China Society of Indexers

Deutsches Netzwerk der Indexer (DNI) / German Network of Indexers

Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC / SCI)

Institute of Certified Indexers (ICI)

International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions (IFLA) – Classification and Indexing Section

Nederlands Indexers Netwerk (NIN) / Netherlands Indexing Network

Society of Indexers (SI)

Poetic essays

The Indexer by Tyler Gobble, 2012

Indexes, in Praise of by Sasha Archibald, 2013

The Secret Lives of Indexers by Judith Pascoe, 2014

Professional journals

Key WordsAmerican Society of Indexing

The IndexerSociety of Indexers

Publishing conferences and educational events

Digital Book World

Digital Trends Task Force – American Society for Indexing

IBPA’s Publishing University 

International Digital Publishing Forum and IDPF Digital Book

PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference

Society for Technical Communication Summit



Association of Art Editors

Getty Vocabularies (includes Art & Architecture Thesaurus, Union List of Artist Names, et al)


U.S Board of Geographic Names, USGS


Medical Subject Headings, U.S. National Library of Medicine


African American Music Reference

Encyclopedia of Popular MusicNotes on Style

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Grove Music Online

Jazz Discography Online

Oxford Music Online

Rock’s Backpages


APA Publication Manual

Scientific Style and Format Online, Council of Science Editors

See also Index It Right! series and Indexing Specialities series, Information Today, Inc.

Starting an indexing business

The Accidental Indexer by Nan Badgett, 2015

Business of Indexing module by Kate Mertes and Enid Zafran, 2014

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer by April Michelle Davis, 2012

Portrait of an Indexer: The First Year by Kendra Millis, 2010

Publisher Survey on Indexing compiled by Madge Walls, 2013

Super indexing (aka index mashups)

Eat Your Books

Index of Milan Jacovich detective series by Les Roberts, Index by Mary Ann Chulick

Index Mashup of Seth Godin titles, BIM Indexing & Proofreading Services

“Indexing Across Titles” by Mark Fretz, 2014

Publications Mashup, American Society for Indexing


American Society for Indexing, Indexing Training Course

Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Periodical and Database Indexing and Taxonomy courses

Simon Fraser University, Indexing continuing studies course

UC Berkeley Extension, Indexing Theory and Embedded Indexing courses

Website indexing

Best Practices for Style and Formatting of A-Z Browsable Site IndexesWeb & Electronic Special Interest Group, American Society for Indexing

Courses by Hedden Information Management

Examples, DPI/ASI

Indexing and Keyword Tagging of Websites and Intranets by Kevin Broccoli

Indexing the Web, American Society for Indexing

Using Online Indexes Study, Bureau of National Affairs, 2008

Digital Publications Indexing Group, American Society for Indexing

Website indexing: Enhancing Access to Information within Websites by Glenda Browne and Jonathan Jermey, 2004

See also Indexing FAQs