Index a Book Using Word and Excel

Index a Book Using Word and Excel
By: Dustin Wax
Jul.03, 2008
The Writer's Technology Companion

I recently published an academic book (Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War: The Influence of Foundations, McCarthyism and the CIA, since you asked) and one of the tasks I was responsible for was creating an index for my book. Yes, I could have asked them to send it out to a professional indexer, but that would come out of my royalties — maybe take up all my royalties. Besides, I figured, how hard could it be?

Turns out, very hard. Indexing is not a simple exercise in any way; each entry has to be thoughtful and necessary, the best way to find a specific piece of information.

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