An index is often a reader’s primary information retrieval device. When readers search for a particular topic and find it referenced in an index, they are assured that the topic is covered in the document and their search has ended. When readers do not find a topic in an index, they might decide that the topic is not covered in that document and they might look elsewhere.
This chapter discusses the following topics:
“What Is an Index?” on page 241
“Style and Format” on page 242
“Creating an Index” on page 245
“Refining and Checking an Index” on page 263
“Checking the Size of the Index” on page 269
“Global Index” on page 269
“Online Index” on page 271
According to The Chicago Manual of Style:
A good index records every ...