Practice texts for indexing

Here are some texts on which you can practise your indexing skills. Click on the text link. This will
either take you to the pdf file directly or provide a link to download the pdf file from a website.
Sample indexes are provided, so that you can compare your indexes with ones compiled by
experienced indexers.
Remember, though, that there is no one correct way to index any document; alternative approaches
may be valid, providing they follow standards and good practice in indexing.

Newspaper letters (536 words): Index [Letters © Society of Indexers]

Working with VDUs (3,415 words): Index [Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence]

Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (3,240 words): Index [Reproduced by kind permission of Oxford University Press www.oup.com]

Wildlife Friendly Gardening (3,880 words): Index 1; Index 2; Index 3 [Copyright English Nature 2006. Reproduced by kind permission of Natural England]

Aspects of Postal History (6,503 words): Index 1; Index 2 [The material contained in ‘Aspects of Postal History’ is reproduced by kind permission of the British Postal Museum and Archive https://www.postalmuseum.org]

The Lonely Society (14,815 words): Index 1; Index 2; Commentary on some indexing decisions [Reproduced by kind permission of the Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk]

Maritime and Coastal Heritage (15,265 words): Index 1; Index 2 [Thanks are due to Historic England for permission to use this material]

Strong Foundations (19,861 words): Index; Indexing Guidelines [Permission to use generously provided by the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report Team]

Victorians in Search of Winter Health (26,000 words): Index; Guidance notes for indexing [The pdf of this file is made available by the kind permission of the author until December 2024. Please note copyright declaration]