Nan Badgett, dba Wordability

Professional Indexing Services

Professional organizations offer many benefits to experienced indexers, aspiring indexers, and corporations. They provide training, produce professional publications, and hold annual conferences. There are societies all over the world; here are links to three:

American Society for Indexing,

Society of Indexers,

Indexing Society of Canada/Société Canadienne D'Indexation,,

Professional associations

Books and articles

Authored by Nan Badgett

  1. The Accidental Indexer, Medford: NJ: Information Today, Inc., March 2015.
  2. "Charging by the Entry," in Running an Indexing Business, edited by J. Perlman, Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2001.
  3. Indexing for Editors and Authors: A Practical Guide to Understanding Indexes, coauthored with F. Leise and K. Mertes, Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2008.
  4. "Lick the Needle, Not the Thread: A How-to Guide for How-to Books," Key Words, 12, vol. 4, 127-129.
  5. "Subject Matter Expertise," in Indexing Specialties: Cookbooks, edited by A. Nickerson, F. Leise, and T. Hudoba. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc. 2009.

Other recommended indexing texts

  1. Chicago Manual of Style, Indexes: A Chapter From The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  2. Indexing Books, 2nd ed., by Nancy Mulvany, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  3. Indexing From A to Z, 2nd ed. by Hans H. Wellisch, New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1995.
  4. Facing the Text: Content and Structure in Book Indexing, by Do Mi Stauber, Eugene, OR: Cedar Row Press, 2004.
  5. American Society for Indexing books on indexing techniques and indexing businesses. These titles are written by ASI members and are published by Information Today, Inc. See a list of titles.


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