ERIC Number: ED378973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-24
A Study of the Description and Evaluation of Indexes in Biographies Written for Children.
Webb, Kathleen Ann
An indexer faces unique challenges when the genre consists of biographical material written for children. The narrative prose style demands vividly descriptive indexing terms, but the youthful audience requires a control of vocabulary and a clear, simple presentation. The literature of library and information science yields a few sources on the indexing of biographies or nonfiction for children, but no source addresses this specific combination. In this research, content analysis and descriptive statistics were used to determine the occurrence and nature of indexes in recommended biographies written for children. Of 300 recommended biographies, about 40% were found to contain indexes, and most dated from recent years. The indexes were evaluated using an adapted checklist that followed the guidelines of the American Society of Indexers. Based on this data, the researcher recommends techniques to improve the quality of indexing in this genre. Indexes should be used consistently for books of more than 75 pages, divided into chapters, and are not heavily illustrated. A variety of indexing techniques should be incorporated, and the typography should be clear, with uncrowded format. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.