Samples & recent projects  

Recent indexing projects include:

All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide
by Jim Loomis

Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs
by Debra Weyermann

Beethoven for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 Activities
by Helen Bauer

Charbroil's America Grills!
by Creative Homeowner

Charting the World
by Richard Panchyk

Chrysler's Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation
by Steve Lehto

Elizabeth I, the People's Queen: Her Life and Times, 21 Activities
by Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom
by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

The Girl with Three Legs: A Memoir
by Soraya Mire

Northwest Home Landscaping, 3rd edition
by Roger Holmes

One for the Ages: Jack Nicklaus and the 1986 Masters
by Tom Clavin

Seppuku: A History of Samurai Suicide
by Andrew Rankin

The Smart Approach to Home Decorating
by Creative Homeowner

Southern Coastal Home Landscaping
by Stephen G. Pategas and Kristin Pategas

Ultimate Guide: Porches
Steve Cory

Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids
by Carol Sabbath

Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder, and the Wild Women of Montana's Frontier
by Lael Morgan

Samples:

Gardening/Botanical index
This sample has separate subject and plant name indexes. Each plant is listed by both its common name and botanical name. This type of index is an example of a situation where it may be desirable to allow more than the usual five page numbers for each entry.

Cookbook index
This index is an example of a modified lowercase cookbook index. The contrast between lowercase subentries and uppercase main entries can help the reader find their place in a long cookbook index with many subs. I can easily adjust the capitalization and recipe titles to match other popular cookbook styles as well.

Cookbook index styles
This short excerpt shows examples of a modified uppercase index style and an exact quote index style.

West Plains Gazette, Issue 16
West Plains Gazette, Issue 18
Historical project for the Harlin Museum, West Plains, Missouri
This sample shows sets of subject, name, author, and title indexes that were a part of a group project.

Biography index excerpt
This chronological index demonstrates the use of organizational subheadings for the main subject entry. This method of indexing biographies can be an effective way to organize large entries into thematic areas.

Gardening index sample
Gardening Without Irrigation

Indecent and internationally illegal: The death penalty against child offenders
by Amnesty International


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Words of Wisdom

"A nonfiction book without an index has no heft. I pay it no attention. When I am deciding on whether to review or have a book reviewed, I check the index to get a good idea of what's covered in the book to help me decide."

~ Arthur Salm
Book Reviewer

“Researchers and librarians will be much more apt to purchase books with a good index. When I review a nonfiction book, I frequently delete a star from the overall rating when the author neglected to include an index."

~ Patricia Fry