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Resources

Books and articles by Nan Badgett

  •  The Accidental Indexer, Medford: NJ: Information Today, Inc., March 2015.
  • "Charging by the Entry," in Running an Indexing Business, edited by J. Perlman, Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2001.
  • Indexing for Editors and Authors: A Practical Guide to Understanding Indexes, coauthored with F. Leise and K. Mertes, Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2008.
  • "Lick the Needle, Not the Thread: A How-to Guide for How-to Books," Key Words, 12, vol. 4, 127-129.
  • "Subject  Matter Expertise," in Indexing Specialties: Cookbooks, edited by A.  Nickerson, F. Leise, and T. Hudoba. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.  2009.

Recommended indexing texts

  • Chicago Manual of Style, Indexes: A Chapter From The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • Indexing Books, 2nd ed., by Nancy Mulvany, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • Indexing From A to Z, 2nd ed. by Hans H. Wellisch, New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1995.
  • Facing the Text: Content and Structure in Book Indexing, by Do Mi Stauber, Eugene, OR: Cedar Row Press, 2004.
  • American  Society for Indexing books on indexing techniques and indexing  businesses. These titles are written by ASI members and are published by  Information Today, Inc. See a list of titles.

Professional Associations

Professional  organizations offer many benefits to experienced indexers, aspiring  indexers, and corporations. They provide training, produce professional  publications, and hold annual conferences. There are societies all over  the world; here are links to three:


American Society for Indexing, asindexing.org


Indexing Society of Canada/Société Canadienne D'Indexation, indexers.ca


Society of Indexers, indexers.org.uk