January 5-30, 2015 / $175
This four-week, asynchronous online course provides an introduction to, and hands-on practice in, the indexing process for a closed-system text (as opposed to periodicals or databases). The main objective is to provide the student with a beginning skill set in producing a traditional back-of-the-book index. The intellectual and technical skills used will also be applicable to the indexing of online materials of various sorts. Topics will include: plumbing the indexer mind; how users approach and use indexes; index term selection (names and subjects); index entry formation; publisher requirements and considerations; double-posting and cross-referencing conventions; and editing the index for conciseness, completeness and usability. The course will also explore, as time allows, some best practices for indexing modular materials as well as the challenge and use of embedding index terms in electronic documents.