Full course description

Course Date:

Started Sep 26, 2016




6 hours


Strong language arts skills

Course Type:





This course provides basic information on writing back-of-the-book indexes and working as a professional indexer. It is not intended to substitute for a comprehensive indexing course but is appropriate for individuals wanting to explore indexing as a career. This course will also inform both editors and self-publishing authors by providing an overview of the process of indexing and working with indexers.


This course will enable participants to:

  • Understand who indexers are and how they work.
  • Become familiar with index structure, format, and specification options.
  • Gain familiarity with the process of term selection and writing an index.
  • Learn what indexers wish editors and authors knew about indexing.

Course Instructors

Sylvia Coates

Sylvia Coates

Course Designer

Sylvia Coates has been a freelance indexer since 1989. She is the author of numerous publications on indexing and developed the award-winning UC Berkeley Extension online course, “Indexing: Theory and Application” and has served as one of the instructors since 2004.