Elegant and succinct

Sample Indexes


Simon, Nina (2010). The Participatory Museum. Santa Cruz, CA: Museum 2.0.

Nina wrote and published this 350 page book herself. The index is sorted letter-by-letter in an indented format according to Chicago Manual of Style guidelines. This is a good example of an average 3-5% index.

Waters, M. J. (2011).  Looking Beyond the Treatise: Single-leaf prints and sixteenth-century architectural culture. Exhibition catalog, Variety, Archaeology, & Ornament: Renaissance Architectural Prints from Column to Cornice. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Art Museum.

This exhibition catalog includes about fifty pages of illustrated scholarly narrative followed by eighty-five pages of images. The artwork "titles" are long, descriptive phrases with idiosyncratic capitalization and punctuation which poses quite a few challenges.  Indexing names from the Renaissance is also very challenging;  we used Getty's Union List of Artists Names (ULAN) as the definitive authority and double-posted some names to aid general readers and students.  This index is more dense than usual (about 7%) due to the scholarly and visual content. Its run-in format saves space. The architectural renderings are indexed five ways: form, creator, subject location, title, and style.