Literature on Indexing

Titles in English


  • Bell, Hazel K. Indexing Biographies and Other Stories of Human Lives. 4th ed. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020.
  • Booth, Pat F. Indexing: The Manual of Good Practice. München: K. G. Saur, 2001.
  • Browne, Glenda, and Jon Jermey. The Indexing Companion. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Cleveland, Donald B., and Ana D. Cleveland. Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting. 4th ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2013.
  • Fetters, Linda K. Handbook of Indexing Techniques: A Guide for Beginning Indexers. 5th ed. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2013.
  • Knight, G. Norman. Indexing, The Art of: A Guide to the Indexing of Books and Periodicals. London: Allen & Unwin, 1979.
  • Leise, Fred, Kate Mertes, and Nan Badgett. Indexing for Editors and Authors: A Practical Guide to Understanding Indexes. Medford, NJ: Information Today; Wheat Ridge, CO: American Society of Indexers, 2008.
  • Mulvany, Nancy C. Indexing Books. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • Stauber, Do Mi. Facing the Text: Content and Structure in Book Indexing. Eugene, OR: Cedar Row Press, 2004.
  • Towery, Margie. Ten Characteristics of Quality Indexes. Confessions of an Award-Winning Indexer. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2016.
  • Ullstrom, Stephen. Book Indexing. A Step-by-Step Guide. Edmonton, AB: Anthimus Press, 2023.
  • Wellisch, Hans H. Indexing from A to Z. 2nd ed. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1995.
  • Indexing Names, edited by Noeline Bridge. American Society for Indexing: Medford NJ, 2012.


  • Butcher, Judith, Caroline Drake, and Maureen Leach. “Indexes”. In Butcher’s Copy-Editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Copy-Editors and Proofreaders. 4th ed., 185–206 (= chap. 8). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications. 4th ed. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019 (pages 303–306 deal with indexing).
  • “Indexes”. In The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed., 923–973 (= chap. 16). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • “Indexes”. In The SBL Handbook of Style: For Biblical Studies and Related Disciplines. 2nd ed., 109–116 (= chap. 7). Edited by Billie Jean Collins. Atlanta, GA: SBL Press, 2014.
  • “Indexes”. In Words into Type. 3rd ed., 76–96. Based on Studies by Marjorie E. Skillin, Robert M. Gay, and Other Authorities. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1974.
  • “Indexing”. In New Hart’s Rules: The Oxford Style Guide. 2nd ed., 377–394 (= chap. 19). Edited by Anne Waddingham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Standards and Guidelines

  • Anderson, James D. NISO-TR02, Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices. Bethesda, MD: NISO Press, 1997 (see here).
  • Criteria for Indexes. ANSI/NISO Z39.4-2021. Baltimore, MD: NISO, 2021 (see here; download).
  • Wellisch, Hans H. NISO-TR03, Guidelines for Alphabetical Arrangement of Letters and Sorting of Numerals and Other Symbols. Bethesda, MD: NISO Press, 1999 (see here).
  • Information and Documentation: Guidelines for the Content, Organization and Presentation of Indexes. ISO 999:1996 (see here).
  • Gibbs, Judi. “Standards for Indexing”. Information Standards Quarterly, Summer–Fall 2015, 27(2–3): 41–45 (see here).
  • American Society for Indexing. Best Practices for Indexing. Tempe, AZ: 2015 (see here).
  • Vickers, John, and Paula Clarke Bain. Guidance on Indexing Your Book. London: Society of Authors, 2018 (see here).
  • The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (see here; issues published more than 5 years ago are freely available here).

Titles in German

  • Fassbender, Jochen. «B 7 Register/Indexe». In Rainer Kuhlen, Dirk Lewandowski, Wolfgang Semar and Christa Womser-Hacker (eds.), Grundlagen der Informationswissenschaft. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, 2023, 219–232 (see here).
  • Fassbender, Jochen. «Registererstellung/Indexing». In Verband der freien Lektorinnen und Lektoren e.V. (VFLL) (ed.), Leitfaden Freies Lektorat. 12th ed. Frankfurt a.M.: Bramann, 2023, 110–112 (see here).
  • Fugmann, Robert. Das Buchregister: Methodische Grundlagen und praktische Anwendungen. Informationswissenschaft der DGI 10. Frankfurt: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Informationswissenschaft und Informationspraxis, 2006.
  • Greulich, Walter. Indexing mit Word: Ein Handbuch für Textprofis und Anfänger – mit zahlreichen Ratschlägen zum Erstellen guter Register. Hamburg: Publishing and more, 2020.
  • Kunze, Horst. Über das Registermachen. 4. Aufl. München: K. G. Saur, 1992.