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Part 4: Publishing Long or Complex Documents > Creating Effective Indexes

Chapter 22. Creating Effective Indexes

Constructing a Good Index609
Indexing with Word610
Creating Index Entries611
Generating the Index615
Updating an Index619
AutoMarking Entries with a Concordance File619


If you’re creating a long document that covers a lot of ground—a textbook on the principles of modern economics, a procedural manual for a new computer program, or a parts catalog for an auto supply store—it’s important for readers to find the subjects they’re looking for. Creating a good index is part of making your document accessible for readers, by providing a listing of topics and subtopics and the pages on which they can be found. It’s been said that your table of contents might be what helps readers decide whether to read your document in the first place, but the index determines whether or not they’ll come back to it. If your index helps readers find what they’re looking for quickly, they’ll turn to it again and again.


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