Facilitas inveniendi: the alphabetical index as a knowledge management tool

Zedelmaier, Helmut
October 2007
Indexer;Oct2007, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p235
Academic Journal
The article focuses on knowledge management techniques used in medieval and early modern books and library catalogues. It discusses the role of indexes as research tools in early compendiums and in the development of encyclopaedias. It notes the traditional function of indexes as early search engines allowing for the retrieval of specific information contained in a written work. The existence of alphabetical indexes prior to the invention of the printing press is discussed. Criticisms of index use for research during the early modern era are presented.


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