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Abstract

The indexes to the journals of the American Jewish Historical Society are reviewed from the perspective of recent indexing standards. The significance of the journals is great, and they clearly merited indexing, but there are many flaws in the execution of the project. Inconsistency of coverage, poor vocabulary control, a lack of continuation headings, and imprecise filing are among the problems noted. The detailed indexing is praiseworthy, and these tools should be useful to librarians and researchers. References to recent indexing manuals and standards are provided.

Author Biography & Related Information

Bella Hass Weinberg is Professor in the Division of Library and Information Science at St. John's University and Consulting Librarian of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, both in New' York City. While serving as a guest lecturer for the Graduate School of Library and Archive Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1980, she worked on the Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (Rambi). Dr. Weinberg was President of the American Society of Indexers in 1988–89 and contributes frequently to the Society's publications. Information Today published her anthology, Can You Recommend a Good Book on Indexing?, in 1998.