Index (publishing)

A register (or indices or index ) is the tabular list as possible of all major units of a collective with regard to their position in the group. (Examples: names of participants in a telephone network along with phone number, names of the persons mentioned in a book along with page number).

Indexes in books (or magazines ) are used to open up the reader to work quickly. While a table of contents, which is usually at the beginning of the book, the outline of the book systematically reproduces, with a glossary of the alphabet is the sole classification criterion. The register can be found in the appendix, at the end of the book.

Frequently there are indexes of a main keyword, are assigned to the various sub- keywords. Additional elements of the particular keyword by reference to each specified. This is over the side or section of text, identified by a recital where the said keyword occurs.


Frequently found in keyword lists and references to other terms. References to synonymous terms easier for the user to find.


  • Agency: see supply of temporary workers
  • Tram: see streetcar

Furthermore, there are also see- references. These indicate similar, objectively about parent or child or to additional terms.


  • German Bahn AG: see also Reichsbahn
  • Holidays: see also parental leave.

Other types of directories in a book are glossaries that Sigle directory and bibliography.

Importance of registers in books

" A register without a book has me sometimes availed a book without register never. "

Technical books from England or the United States often have extensive registers, while in Germany registers are seen as less important and therefore often omitted. Often one restricts oneself to a person register.


Antonio Zara (* 1574 ), Bishop of Petina, added his encyclopedia Anatomia ingeniorum et scientiarum (Venice 1614) to an index. In front of him published Schoeffer Peter and John Fust already in 1467 a work of Augustine, which contained an index.