Course Description

This course is for anyone going into publishing of non-fiction books, journals, or reports, or those already working in publishing who wish to add to their skill set. The focus will be on back-of-the-book indexing with additional application to journals, reports, and websites. Specific topics include general principles of indexing; kinds of indexes and their parts; the mechanics of indexing and indexing software; alphabetizing; punctuation; names and titles of publications in an index; editing an index; and the business of freelance indexing. Although the emphasis is placed on the practical craft of indexing, the art of an elegant index will also be addressed.


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.

Students with experience in editing may be admitted by permission of the coordinators.

Material Fee: Students may be required to purchase student versions of indexing software. 

This course will run during the Fall and Winter breaks. 



Prerequisite: CDPB 102

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Jan 15, 2024 to Mar 01, 2024
Delivery Options
Domestic Fee non-credit $524.55
Domestic Out of Province Fee non-credit $0.00
International Fee non-credit $0.00