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Chapter 14. Indexing > What Is an Index?

What Is an Index?

According to The Chicago Manual of Style:

A good index records every pertinent statement made within the body of the text. The subject matter and purpose of the book determine which statements are pertinent and which peripheral. An index should be considerably more than an expanded, alphabetical table of contents. It should also be something other than a concordance of words and phrases.[1]

[1] The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993, p. 703.


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