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ANZSI Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Inc

ANZSI Courses and Workshops

Courses and workshops are conducted at locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Their frequency is dependent on demand, so some courses may be held several times a year in one location, but only every couple of years in another.

Courses conducted by ANZSI cover:

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Basic Book Indexing Part 1 & 2 (VIC)

Part 1: This one-day course covers the essentials of theory of indexing and the structure of the index so that participants understand what decisions are involved in compiling a book index. Some practical exercises are included.

Areas covered include:

  • The indexer’s role in the publishing process
  • Indexing software
  • Selection of terms
  • Headings and subheadings
  • Cross references
  • Alphabetical arrangement
  • Style in indexes
  • Editing the index
  • Evaluating indexes

Part 2:  This one-day course is a follow-on from the Basic Book Indexing Part 1 course where participants apply the theory skills they have learnt by indexing a small (approx. 50 pages) non-fiction work using one of the dedicated indexing software packages on the market. This course develops practical indexing skills.

Note on Parts 1 and 2: some courses combine elements from both courses together.

Experiences of courses 

Introductory book indexing (NSW)

This is a two-day introduction to the principles of book indexing. It includes:

  • Indexing context (working with editors)
  • Indexing processes (reading, highlighting, indexing, editing)
  • Project planning
  • Wording of entries, and creation of cross-references
  • Headings, subheadings, locators
  • Names of people, places, and organisations
  • Alphabetical order, and other filing conventions
  • Style of entries
  • Editing and evaluating entries
  • Indexing software – a brief introduction

The course is presented using lecture format, class discussions and exercises, and take-home exercises. Students receive a substantial workbook.

Experience of course

Follow-up indexing workshop / Refresher indexing workshop

A half-day follow-up indexing workshops / refresher indexing workshops for participants who have completed the Basic Book Indexing part II course in the past or an equivalent level of training, but feel they require some additional indexing training prior to branching out on their own.

Participants will be provided with a copy of a non-fiction book about 3-4 weeks prior to the course. Participants will be expected to have completed indexing this title and to bring along their completed index to the workshop where we will discuss how you indexed the work, approaches and assumptions you made, and any difficulties you encountered.

Other parts of the workshop will involve a question and answer session where any conceptual problems of indexing can be discussed and resolved. The final session of the workshop will look at setting up and running your indexing business, eg choosing a business name. getting an ABN and registering for GST, equipment needed to get started, income protection insurance, finding work, quoting, etc.

For an experience of the course see Victorian branch news - indexers in the making, by Louise Molloy, ANZSI Newsletter, 2009;5(5):7.   Opens PDF file  [PDF 1003KB]

Intermediate/Practical course (NSW)

In this practical course students index a short book (about 100 pages) for a month, with support from a mailing list, and with individual feedback along the way. The group then meets for a 3-hour face-to-face session to discuss issues that arose with indexing the book, and other practical indexing issues, and finishes with a social lunch.

Annual Report Indexing

This half-day course is an extension of the book indexing courses wich looks at the special requirements for indexing annual reports produced by predominantly federal or state government departments and agencies. Practical exercises are supplied.

Particular areas covered include:

  • Compliance and subject indexes
  • Financial statements
  • Structuring the index
  • Selection of terms

Journal Indexing

This half-day course introduces participants to compiling an annual or cumulative index to a single professional journal. Practical exercises are supplied.

Particular areas covered include:

  • Differences between journal indexing and database indexing
  • Indexing policy – what to include or leave out
  • How many indexes should there be?
  • Format of author names
  • Editorials
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Book reviews
  • Multi-authored papers
  • Volume, issue, page number and year issues
  • Title issues
  • Subject headings

Database Indexing

This half-day course covers both abstracting and indexing of items (journal articles, reports, conference proceedings, books, etc) for inclusion in electronic databases. A session on pictorial indexing is also included. Practical exercises are supplied.

Particular areas covered include:

  • Indexing policy – materials for inclusion
  • Database structure
  • Purpose and types of abstracts
  • Choosing elements of the article for inclusion in the abstract
  • Writing the abstract
  • Use of thesauruses and selection of keywords
  • Non-thesaurus terms
  • Checking the entry
  • Pictorial indexing

Newspaper/Magazine Indexing

This half-day course contains aspects of both the Database Indexing and Journal Indexing courses but involves creating an annual or cumulative index to a popular magazine or newspaper. Practical exercises are supplied.

Particular areas covered include:

  • Indexing policy – what to include or leave out
  • Significance of photographs, drawings and cartoons
  • Editorials and letters
  • Volume, issue, page number and year issues
  • Use of thesauruses and selection of keywords
  • Non-thesaurus terms
  • Setting up a database structure

Legal Indexing

This half-day course is an extension of the book indexing courses but looking at the special requirements for indexing legal materials, whether of books or electronic loose-leaf services. Practical exercises are supplied.

Particular areas covered include:

  • Format of entries for legislation
  • Format of entries for cases
  • Selection of terms
  • Foreign phrases

Website Indexing

This full-day course focuses on the principles of website indexing, and has a strong practical component.

Particular areas covered include:

  • Ways to provide access to website information
  • Website indexing policies for A to Z indexes
  • Website index styles for A to Z indexes
  • Website indexing software
  • Website indexing practical using HTML Indexer
  • Website indexing trends, and alternatives A to Z access methods

Thesaurus Construction

This half-day course introduces participants to key concepts and steps involved in developing a keyword hierarchy.

Particular areas covered include:

  • Why build a thesaurus?
  • Basic relationships between terms
  • Building blocks of a thesaurus
  • Thesaurus development software
  • Practical construction of a thesaurus

Indexing software (NSW)

Half-day introductory and advanced courses are offered in the use of CINDEX or SKY Index. Students are required to bring a laptop on which they have loaded the demo version of the program/s they have chosen.

In the introductory courses students will use indexing software to create and edit an index, and to output it in the required format. Students will start to explore software features that enhance efficiency. Practical experience will include basic settings; data entry; editing your index; outputting indexes in various formats; seeking support.

In the advanced course, students will learn how to make their indexing activities more efficient by employing the advanced features of the software packages.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • File management: import, export, merging and backing up
  • Labels: using labels to differentiate entries
  • Macros: creating and using macro shortcuts
  • Acronyms and translations (SKY)/Abbreviations and expansions (Cindex)
  • Advanced formatting and editing options
  • Searching with regular expressions
  • Options: advanced preference settings for client requirements

For further details on courses contact: Max McMasterEmail link

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