Nigel d'Auvergne
Freelance Indexing

¨            making information accessible           §


- - -   What is an Index?   - - -

Index (Latin): Pointer, Indicator.


An index is a list of words or phrases (headings) and associated pointers -

- to where useful material relating to those headings can be found in a document or collection of documents.
The pointers are usually page, section, or paragraph numbers in printed publications,
or clickable links in e-publications.


An index is a systematic arrangement of keywords and locators,
 enabling users to identify and locate information quickly and efficiently.


An index is a ‘signpost’, directing users to specific points within a publication.


An index is an overview of a publication’s topics and their interrelationships.

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Surely, computers make indexes?

Computers can find and list words, but can’t make indexes.

And stop calling me ‘Surely’.



- - -   Benefits of an Index   - - -

An index is beneficial to the user because it is:


More detailed than a Table of Contents.

Quicker than directly browsing a publication’s text.

More precise than keyword full-text searching.


Indexes can be used in at least four ways:

Finding information on topics the user already has in mind.

Browsing the index will alert the user to topics s/he was unaware of.

As a study revision aid: students can test themselves on the listed topics.

• As a sales aid: potential purchasers of a book can view its index

(via Amazon's 'Look inside' feature) to help their buying decision.

For examples, see this page: List of Titles Indexed.


By adding value to a publication, and thereby increasing sales,
a good index will pay for itself many times over.


- - -   Profile   - - -

Indexer, providing 'Back of Book' indexes for dead-tree books, and clickable indexes for eBooks.

Advanced professional member of the UK Society of Indexers.

Alpha(bet)-male of indexing.

Full-time indexing, available all year.

Preferred subject areas include: Science
Technology Medicine Engineering • Commerce.

Educational levels of my indexing projects range from school textbooks, through general interest/graduate publications to postgraduate research.

Clients range from self-publishing individuals through to multinational companies.

Will accept indexing projects of all sizes and formats.

Large, complex and unusual projects are welcome.

Rush jobs are welcome.

My aim is to enhance the saleability (is that a word? . . . it is now!) of publications,
by providing indexes of the highest quality.


- - -   Methods   - - -

A fee for each project is normally agreed in advance.

Working directly from PDFs (please don’t send paper!) and using SKY Index Professional™ software,
indexes are produced in the file format of your choice, e.g. Microsoft Word (.rtf); HTML; XML.

In addition to 'standalone' indexing, my experience includes embedded indexing in Word, XML and HTML files:
- Microsoft Word (using WordEmbed)
- XML (DocBook) (using XTUL)
- HTML (HTMLBook) (using XTUL)


- - -   List of Titles Indexed   - - -

… by me over recent years




- - -   Contact   - - -

Please contact me if you would like more information, or to discuss a project:

Nigel d'Auvergne
Freelance Indexing

N D Consulting Ltd.
Steyning • West Sussex • UK
É +44(0)1903 813284
Ë +44(0)7743 611935

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‘Good order is the foundation of all things.’
Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

‘The world is a great volume, and man the index of that book.’
John Donne (1572-1631)

‘The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it’s difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine.’
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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