I'm sure it has happened to you, as it has
to me: the frustration of a fruitless journey to the back of
a book where a poorly prepared index lets you down.
It doesn't seem like too much to ask--one
simple thing that you KNOW must be in this book somewhere, but
it's not listed in the index. Well, maybe you can find it under
something else . . . but no, it's not there either. When this
happens, the index is not doing its job.
another one: you want to find the effects of hair-pulling on
baldness. The term is indeed in the index, but it's followed
by a long list of page numbers:
hair-pulling, 17, 24-25, 43, 45, 62, 81,
97, 223-38, 250
The prospect of trudging through all of
that to find what you're looking for is apt to lead to some hair-pulling
of your own!
These all-too common scenarios demonstrate
both the importance of an index and the need for good
ones. We want to be able to find what we need in a book, quickly
and easily, and move on.
the professional indexer to save the day! We make it our concern
to create indexes that serve as efficient guides to the text
at hand, organized and worded to meet the needs of the reader.
A good index is much more than a mere list of key words and the
pages on which they can be found. It is a systematic structure
containing all relevant concepts of the book, a result of careful
analysis and synthesis on the part of the indexer.
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