Word Indices

Word Indices contains explanations of common patterns in English, along with lists of words that fit these patterns. Each pattern has an index number that links to a list of words with those features.

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How do you choose an index word?
How does indexing affect searches?
What should be included in an index?
In what ways are an author and word indexes related?
Other facts about Word Indices

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How do you choose an index word?

To choose an index word you want to look for some or all of the following features:

  • Familiarity. You want the index word to be familiar so that your audience will immediately know what your entry is about.
  • Universal Consistency.You want the index word to be consistent and usable in every context of your document, regardless of how it's formatted.
  • Precision. You want the index word to be precise so that users will get exactly what they expect when they open up your document in order to find a specific bit of information.


How does indexing affect searches?

Here's a closer look at what indexing is, and how it may affect your search for information. The more words that are indexed, the more targeted your search results. How much of a word or term is indexed makes a big difference. Words in the text body of a document are known as 'stop words.' Stop words like "the", "a" and "is" won't help you find your results any quicker because they're short and frequent in everyday usage. So how much is enough? The recommended percentage to apply to the number of stop words (approximately 5) is 3%. This means that in a 2,000 word document, 100 words would be indexed, while 200 words would be indexed in a 10,000 word document.


Other facts about Word Indices

Word Indices are a powerful feature that enables you to find relevant content faster in your search results. You will know how many times your search query has been used on the site or in the Q&A section with this feature. This can be really helpful for finding answers about a topic quickly, as well as understanding exactly what kinds of problems people are experiencing so you can provide the best possible solutions.
  • What should be included in an index?

    Whether you're writing a college paper, book report, research proposal, term paper or any other type of document that requires an index, it's important to know what type of information should be included in the index. Note that different types of documents that require indexes have different conventions for what should and shouldn't be included. For example, when you're preparing an index for a college-level term paper or research proposal, it's common to include both page numbers and section numbers in the index. When you're writing a book report or personal essay for a high school English class, however, it's more common to only include page numbers in the index. Given that indexes serve different purposes based on the type of work they are associated with and their audience, it's important to familiarize yourself with what should be included in your assignment's index so you can create a text that is clear and easy to use.
  • In what ways are an author and word indexes related?

    Author and word indexes help you search for information. Word indices index words, lists alphabetically all the words in a book and provides space to write down page numbers where the word first appears. An author index lists alphabetically all the authors of a book and then each author's name is followed by page number where their work can be found.