Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting

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Libraries Unlimited, 1983 - Abstracting - 209 pages
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Based on new research and years of practical experience, this guide presents the basic knowledge necessary to become a professional indexer. Synthesizing the thinking and experience of indexers and abstractors over the years, the book introduces readers to such fundamentals as the nature of information, the organization of information, vocabulary control, types of indexes and abstracts, evaluation of indexing, and the use of computers. A new chapter on indexing and the Internet has been added, as has a chapter that lists Web resources for indexers and abstractors. The work concludes with a discussion of the education, training, and job opportunities of the profession, as well as a look to the future. With its simple but thorough approach, this book provides readers with a broad overview of the professions, processes, and art of indexing and abstracting.

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Contents

IINTRODUCTION
11
List of Figures
12
THE NATURE OF INFORMATION
17
HITHE NATURE AND TYPES OF INDEXES
29
Functions of an Information Retrieval System
34
Av VOCABULARY CONTROL
46
VINDEXING METHODS AND PROCEDURES
62
INDEX EVALUATION
76
IX ABSTRACTING METHODS AND PROCEDURES
112
X INDEXING AND ABSTRACTING A DOCUMENT
125
XI AUTOMATIC METHODS
145
XII INDEXING AND ABSTRACTING SERVICES
158
XIII SOME ADDITIONAL TOPICS
168
Glossary
177
Bibliography
183
Index
205

BOOK INDEXES
90
VIIITHE NATURE AND TYPES OF ABSTRACTS
104
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