Guidelines on Preparing the Index
Parts of the book to index
- content notes (if any)
Parts of the book not to index
- prefaces, table of contents, and other front matter
- list of survey participants
- list of works cited
What to place in the index
- names of persons
- titles of anonymous works
What not to place in the index
- names of fictional characters
- titles of works (unless anonymous)
Format of the index in typescript
- List entries alphabetically, generally by last name (Ellison, Ralph but Dante Alighieri) or, for anonymous works, by title, ignoring introductory articles (a, an, the).
- Begin each entry flush with the left margin.
- Place a comma after the name or title, skip a space, and give relevant page number(s).
- Use inclusive numbers if the subject continues for more than one page (10-11, 110-11).
- Separate page numbers with a comma and a space.
- Double-space within and between entries.
- Indent second and subsequent lines of an entry one-half inch (or five spaces) from the left margin.
- Use one column only per typescript page.
- Number every page of the index in the upper right-hand corner ("Index 1").
For additional information on indexing, see The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (2003), ch. 18.