Reference Websites

A collection of reliable, authoritative websites used by indexers.

Translation Dictionary of Basic Indexing Terms

A translation tool for multilingual indexers, this searchable table of 127 terms is presented in English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese (European), and French. The table is under continuous development by an international group of indexers, with plans to add more languages, more terms, and more features.

The Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)

The VIAF website is a convenient interface to the collection of the world’s major name authority files. This service allows researchers to identify names, locations, works, and expressions while preserving regional preferences for language, spelling, and script. Indexers use it to confirm the spelling and the expression of first name/last name for the tricky names they encounter.