Indented vs Run-in Style
13.1.7 Indented vs Run-in Style
In indented style, main headings are followed by indented subheadings, each on its own line. In run-in style, subheadings appear continuously, not on separate lines, and are separated by commas.
SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), 75–79, 145–148
in China, 187–189
drug therapy for
antibiotics, 18, 20
interferon alfa, 402
etiology of, 93, 105, 117
quarantine for, 167, 235
in Toronto, 280
SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), 75–79, 145–148, in China, 187–189, drug therapy for, 18, 20, 357, 402, etiology of, 93, 105, 117, quarantine for, 167, 235, in Toronto, 280
The indented style is better suited for medical indexes because complex terms in subheadings are easier to read when set on separate lines. This style is “particularly useful where sub-subentries are required… .”4(18.25,p764) Note that in the above examples, sub-subentries are used for specific drug therapies in the indented style. A mixed style—indented main entries and subentries, run-in sub-subentries—is not as well suited for medical indexes, again because of the complexity of the terms.