The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

The expanding worlds of reference

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2000), 22, (2), 86–90.

Abstract

Indexers, like lexicographers, librarians and many others, are reference professionals, just as doctors, nurses and therapists are health professionals. Indexing, cataloguing and dictionary-making belong in fact to one of the oldest activities in the world: organizing information so that others can retrieve it as painlessly as possible. Now such professionals have a science of their own: reference science. This article considers some of its ramifications.

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McArthur, Tom