Book Indexing Services by Amron Gravett
Book Indexing Services by Amron Gravett


This list of resources on INDEXING is intended to help you get started doing research on a particular indexing topic, both online and at your local library.

Authoritative Works

Facing the Text by Do Mi Stauber

Handbook of Indexing Techniques by Linda K. Fetters

Indexing Books by Nancy C. Mulvany

Indexing from A to Z by Hans Wellisch


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

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

Digital Trends Task Force, American Society for Indexing

Ebook Indexing Resources, Digital Publications Indexing group of American Society for Indexing

Embedded Indexing Resources, Digital Publications Indexing group of American Society for Indexing

Embedded Indexes: A Trend in Indexing by Sue Klefstad

Embedded Indexing by James Lamb

EPUB 3.0.1 Standard, International Digital Publishing Forum

EPUB Standard and Ebook Indexes by Glenda Browne

Glossary by Publishing Technology Group, Society of Indexers

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

Index for The Indexer. See embedded indexing; XML indexing

List of articles by Lucie Haskins

List of articles by Jan Wright

XML indexing by Publishing Technology Group, Society of Indexers



Framemaker 12

InDesign CC


Index-Manager, klarso (for Adobe InDesign, MS Word, XML)

Index Utilities Kerntiff Publishing Systems (for Adobe InDesign)

IXgen by Frank Stearns Associates (for Adobe FrameMaker)

WordEmbed by James Lamb (for MS Word)

Kindle Direct Publishing

Ethics and Professionalism

A Code of Ethics, Harold Borko and Charles Bernier (Indexing Concepts and Methods, 16.2.2)

Code of Professional Conduct, Society for Indexers

Ethical places, Ethical Spaces: Stopping to Listen by Christine Jacobs (The Indexer, 25:3)

Professionalism and the Indexer by Jill Halliday (The Indexer, 25:3)


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

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

Indexing Names, ed. by Noeline Bridge

Library of Congress Authorities

Virtual International Authority File

WorldCat, OCLC


“Index: The Word, Its History and Meanings” by Hans Wellisch (Indexing from A to Z, Second Edition200-210)

Indexes, Encyclopaedia Britannica

The Oldest Printed Indexes by Hans Wellisch (The Indexer 15:2)

How To

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

 Index for Key Words issues from 2000-2016, American Society for Indexing

“What Indexers Do,” Jan Worrall

Inclusive Terminology Guidelines

The 519: Glossary of Terms

APA (American Psychological Association): Bias-Free Language guides

Conscious Style Guide

Diversity Style Guide

GLAAD Reference Guides:

An Ally’s Guide to Terminology

Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Queer  Glossary of Terms

Transgender Glossary of Terms

Homosaurus: An International LGBTQ Linked Data Vocabulary

Living Justice Press: Convention Style Sheet for Native Subject-Matters

Mother Jones’ Style Guide

NASAA (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies): Inclusive Language Guide

NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English): Statement on Gender and Language

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 by 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)

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) – Subject Analysis and Access Section

Nederlands Indexers Netwerk (NIN) / Netherlands Indexing Network

Society of Indexers (SI)

Poetic Essays

“The Indexer” by Tyler Gobble (Vouched Books)

“Indexes, in Praise of” by Sasha Archibald (Key Words, 22:128–134)

“The Secret Lives of Indexers” by Judith Pascoe (Key Words: 21:90–95)

Professional Journals

Key WordsAmerican Society of Indexing

The IndexerSociety of Indexers

Publishing and Book Conferences 

Digital Book World

IBPA’s Publishing University

Nonfiction Writers Conference

PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference

Society for Technical Communication Summit

Tucson Festival of Books


Specialty Reference Sources


Art and Architecture Thesaurus (Getty Vocabularies)

Association of Art Editors Style Guide

Cultural Objects Name Authority (Getty Vocabularies)

Union List of Artist Names (Getty Vocabularies)


Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (Getty Research Institute)

U.S Board of Geographic Names, USGS

Health and Medical

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


African American Music Reference

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music 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

Business of Indexing by Kate Mertes and Enid Zafran, American Society of Indexing course module

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer by April Michelle Davis 

Publisher Survey on Indexing compiled by Madge Walls 

Super Indexing (aka index mashups)

Eat Your Books

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

“Indexing Across Titles” by Mark Fretz

Publications Mashup, American Society for Indexing



American Society for Indexing, Indexing Training Course

Emporia State University, Indexing and Abstracting (LI 842)

Simon Fraser University, Indexing continuing studies course

UC Berkeley Extension, Indexing Theory and Embedded Indexing courses

Private courses and workshops

Hedden Information Management, courses

“Indexing Books as a Career” MOOC course by Sylvia Coates (Canvas Network)

Indexing Partners, Indexing Boot Camp

Index West, courses and workshops

Learning to Index list of courses, Pacific Northwest Chapter of American Society of Indexing

Sherry L. Smith Indexing Services, classes and workshops

Website Indexing

Digital Publications Indexing, American Society for Indexing

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

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

See also Indexing FAQs