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Medical Indexes

Bruce McGregor

and Harriet S. Meyer

Locators are the citations commonly, page numbers in print indexes that follow the entry to indicate where the material about that entry is found. Locators may also be paragraph numbers, line numbers, section numbers, volume-page number combinations, figure identifiers in atlases, hyperlinks in online indexes, etc. American Society of Indexers guidelines recommend that no more than 5 to 7 locators per term be given. When more than 7 locators accumulate under one heading (ie, 7 “undifferentiated locators”), the indexer should consider breaking them down under subheadings. This will produce a more usable index. Not: SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), 18,

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