**crossposted at LibTech Soup**
Booth (2-3) defines an index as “an organized (usually alphabetical) sequence of entries, each of which can lead a user to the desired information within a document, or to the required document within a collection. Indexing is the process of creating – or, as some indexers prefer to say, compiling or writing – the index.”
Pieces of information in just about any format can be indexed, be they monographs, serials, bibliographies, audiovisual formats, directories, or bibliographies. This paper will focus on one particular type of indexing, serials indexing. A serial is an item within any format where several discrete parts are organized under one title. Examples include periodicals, journals, magazines, newspapers, committee minutes, yearbooks, regular directories, and annual reports.