Term selection: the key to successful indexing

Zhang Qiyu
September 2009
Indexer;Sep2009, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p98
Academic Journal
The article presents a reprint of an article that was originally printed in Chinese in a 1994 issue of "Library Magazine," or, "Tushuguan zazhi." The article discusses the importance of term selection when creating index headings. It is noted that the index must relate directly to the source document and use keywords. Indexable content is described as is the need for the indexer to have good knowledge of the source material and the design and structure of an index is also discussed.


Related Articles

  • A Performance Model of the Length and Number of Subject Headings and Index Phrases. Losee, Robert // Knowledge Organization;2004, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p245 

    When assigning subject headings or index terms to a document, how many terms or phrases should be used to represent the document? The contribution of an indexing phrase to locating and ordering documents can be compared to the contribution of a full-text query to finding documents. The length...

  • Automatic Acquisition and Expansion of Hypernym Links. Morin, Emmanuel; Jacquemin, Christian // Computers & the Humanities;Nov2004, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p363 

    Recent developments in computational terminology call for the design of multiple and complementary tools for the acquisition, the structuring and the exploitation of terminological data. This paper proposes to bridge the gap between term acquisition and thesaurus construction by offering a...

  • Web-based extraction of semantic relation instances for terminology work. Halskov, Jakob; Barrière, Caroline // Terminology;2008, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p20 

    This article describes the implementation and evaluation of WWW2REL, a domain-independent and pattern-based knowledge discovery system which extracts semantic relation instances from text fragments on the WWW so as to assist terminologists updating or expanding existing ontologies. Unlike most...

  • The Top 10 Reasons to Create a Taxonomy. HLAVA, MARJORIE M. K. // Information Today;Feb2011, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p21 

    The authors discuss several reasons and situations that show the advantages for businesses of creating a taxonomy for searching electronic resources. A taxonomy associated with indexing software will help minimize irrelevant returns when searching on their websites or databases. Use of a...

  • Comment on ‘MeSH-up: effective MeSH text classification for improved document retrieval’. Névéol, Aurelie; Mork, James G.; Aronson, Alan R. // Bioinformatics;Oct2009, Vol. 25 Issue 20, p2770 

    Contact: neveola@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

  • Lost in Translation: Common Index Errors and Strategies to Avoid Them. Houppert, Anne Marie // Key Words;Oct-Dec2005, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p125 

    The article focuses on common indexing errors and strategies to avoid them. Index entries must be well chosen and well crafted, but they must also be correctly spelled, structured, and formatted. If either side of the equation is off-balance, the usefulness of the index will be compromised. The...

  • Headings in indexes: revisiting the relationship between mains and subs. Browne, Glenda // Indexer;Sep2010, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p104 

    In indexing discussions, different approaches are sometimes described as 'rules', although they may have no authority behind them. This article explores the 'rule' that you should not have only one subheading at a main heading that has locators, along with related questions to do with the...

  • Controlled Vocabularies: A Primer. Marshall, Julia // Key Words;Oct-Dec2005, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p120 

    The article focuses on controlled vocabularies in thesauri. As the impact of computers and the Internet on information retrieval has increased, printed thesauri have evolved to include other types of controlled vocabularies. When an indexer plans a controlled vocabulary, he needs to begin...

  • The First Cut Isn't Always the Deepest. Zafran, Enid // Key Words;Jan-Mar2008, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p12 

    The article discusses several approaches and considerations in editing long indexes in published materials. A main heading with one subentry can be shortened by adding the page number to the main heading entry. Names of historical figures, commentators, researchers and research subjects can be...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics