Book indexing is
a unique combination of art and science, empathy and precision.
Indexers, authors and editors need information to help them navigate
this essential publishing task.
“Do Mi Stauber's
Facing the Text is a most welcome addition to the literature of book
indexing. ” --Nancy Mulvany, author of Indexing Books
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By Do Mi Stauber
Winner of the 2007 H.W. Wilson Award for
Excellence in Indexing
"Facing the Text" is an in-depth guide to real
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Based on Do Mi Stauber’s popular and empowering
workshop, the book discusses such standard topics as subheadings,
cross-references and indexability, in the context of particular texts
and indexes. Hundreds of examples illustrate the many practical
strategies that Do Mi has drawn from her own practice in social
sciences and humanities indexing.
The book goes beyond abstract rules to confront the unique
needs of each text and index, and provides guidelines to help novice
and experienced indexers alike make common-sense, flexible, and
You will learn such strategies as:
addressing the main topic of the book in your index structure
pinning down the elusive main argument of a scholarly book
using local main topics to understand the structure of the text
deciding which topics should be indexed
understanding subheadings with a new typology created by Do Mi Stauber
and Nancy Mulvany
choosing subheadings for long spans and locator strings
deciding when to use the author’s wording, when to modify it, and when
to create a new wording
connecting topics in the index through double-posting and cross
distinguishing among indexing strategies for scholarly books, textbooks
and reference books
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I welcome feedback and input about this book. How have you
solved the same indexing challenges? What additional issues would you
like to see addressed? How does your own process differ from mine? What
interesting examples have you discovered in your own indexing? The more
we discuss these issues of content and structure, the more our
collective knowledge will grow.
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