From Chapter 12, 'Preparation of Indexes'

12.4   Style

• Entries should begin with lower-case letters (except proper names or words capitalized in the text). They should end without punctuation.

• No comma is necessary between the entry and the first page-number, although a colon should be inserted if entries end in a numeral (for instance, ‘Catch-22: 13, 45’).

• A colon appears at the end of an entry or sub-entry only if there are no page numbers to the entry itself. For instance, ‘Barnes, Julian:’ has a colon in the example below because there are no general page references concerning him: all of the references are in sub-entries referring to individual books.

• Lists within index entries should be divided by semicolons. For instance, if a book of short stories is indexed and so are the individual stories within it:

Barnes, Julian:

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters 12, 19-37

‘The Stowaway’ 12; ‘The Visitors’ 22; ‘The Wars of Religion’ 31, 102

• For cross-referencing, follow these examples:

Dante, see Alighieri, Dante

Empson, William:

Argufying 100

and I. A. Richards 102

see also Practical Criticism

• Special features, such as pages with illustrations or with substantial bibliographical references, may be indicated by bold or italic numerals, but such devices should be used sparingly, lest they distract the user.

• For inclusive numbers, use the convention specified in 8.2, e.g. ‘301–03’ (not ‘301–3’ or ‘301–303’) but ‘1098–1101’ (not ‘1098–101’).

• Page references to footnotes should be given in the form ‘41 n. 3’, meaning note 3 on page 41. There should be spaces on either side of ‘n.’. If two notes on the same page are referred to, use the form ‘41 nn. 3 & 4’, with an ampersand.

• Avoid ‘ff.’ where an explicit page range can be given: for instance, ‘34–37’ rather than ‘34 ff.’. Similarly, avoid using ‘f.’ to mean ‘and the page after’.


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