The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Indexing of smaller-circulation daily newspapers

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (1985), 14, (3), 184–189.

Abstract

An analysis of eight projects in the literature that dealt with indexing of small daily newspapers showed in-complete reporting of the results. Tabular treatment of the data indicated general lack of agreement on formats, marking, citation format, arrangement, subject authority choice, and items indexed and not indexed. The steps used in arriving at a set of procedures for indexing of the Texarkana gazette are described, and the decisions reached for procedures to be used and items indexed and not indexed are reported in detail. The project produced three indexes (a personal-name index, a subject index, and a special-interest index). Pilot-testing of the indexing procedures on two weeks of the newspaper produced 93 subject headings, 252 name entries (22 unique names), and 83 entries in the special-interest (cemetery) index.

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Sandlin, Lesley McGee

Schlessinger, June H.

Schlessinger, Bernard S.